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October 2007 Obituaries

Renee Jean Boersma (7/7/07)

Elmer Bosman '39 (8/9/07)

Dale E. DeBoer '68 (8/11/07)

Phyllis Leach '52 Demy (7/21/07)

Kenneth W. De Witt '51 (8/6/07)

Paul T. DeWitt '44 (8/8/07)

John Hietbrink '42 (9/18/07)

John H. "Jack" Hoekstra '50 (9/5/07)

Edward S. Huntington '66 (7/11/07)

Leslie Mayton '88 Kleiner (9/29/07)

John W. Ligtvoet '48 (8/20/07)

Karen Linder '10 (8/11/07)

Samuel Meengs '10 (8/10/07)

Charles E. Menning '65 (8/2/07)

Ezekiel "Zeke" Brooks O'Neill (7/29/07)

F. Scott Peterson '86 (8/4/07)

Meredythe Noorlag '64 Poltrock (11/20/06)

William A. Poppink '37 (9/15/07)

Joshua Spalsbury '02 (8/15/07)

Peter Sterk (8/22/07)

Richard D. Stewart '51 (7/22/07)

Henry W. Ten Pas '35 (7/21/07)

Eleanor Dalman '42 Vanderhill (9/10/07)

William C. Waggoner '58 (9/6/07)

Samuel Williams (8/31/07)

Virginia VerStrate '40 Zoutendam (7/19/07)



Renee Boersma of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, July 5, 2007. She was 49.

She graduated from Martin (Mich.) High School and Ferris State University.

She worked in quality control for Bohn and later Donnelly Corp.

She was a member of Fellowship Reformed Church.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Bob Boersma, who is the program director of the college’s CASA program; their children, Nick and Nate; her parents, James and Joyce Lapham of Martin, her parents-in-law, Vern ’44 and Lois Hinkamp ’44 Boersma of Holland; a sister, Ronda (Tim) Beeke of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a brother, Ryan (Lee) Lapham of Martin; in-laws, Tim Boersma ’73 of Holland and Mary Pat Boersma of Berkeley, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins and a grand-niece.


Elmer Bosman ’39 of Lakeland, Fla., died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. He was 91.

Born in Holland, Mich., he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and retired from IBM after 22 years as an electronics engineer.

He moved to Lakeland in 1976 from Endwell, N.Y. He was a charter member of the North Lakeland Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 1997.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Bosman, Donald Bosman, Thomas Bosman, James Bosman and Roger Bosman; his daughters, Elizabeth Gulitz and Jean Bosman; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Dale E. DeBoer ’68 of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. He was 61.

He was born in Muskegon, Mich., to Fredrick C. and Stella Ruth (Cooper) DeBoer. Following graduation from Muskegon High School, he continued his education at Hope and graduated from the University of Michigan dental school.

He was a dentist in Spring Lake from 1971 until he retired and sold his practice in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, June DeBoer; their children, Joanna (Jim) Bennink of North Hero, Vt., Dawn DeBoer ’96 (Keith ’96) Nykamp of Madison, Wis., and Peter ’00 (Mandy) DeBoer of Kalamazoo, Mich.; five grandchildren; his sisters, Ann Schimke of Muskegon and Sue (Rod) Paladino of Perrysburg, Ohio; his brother, Neil ’66 (Karen Dryfhout ’66) DeBoer of Holland, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.


Phyllis Leach ’52 Demy of Carlsbad, Calif., died on Saturday, July 21, 2007. She was 78.

She was born in Park Ridge, N.J., and earned a degree in sociology at Hope.

She worked for Eastern Airlines and earned commendation from the company president, Eddie Rickenbacker, the World War I flying ace., for her treatment of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

She moved to Carlsbad in 1969, where she was a substitute teacher and she volunteered with the Gold Diggers, Children’s Home Society, North County Concert Association, and the American Association of University Women. She was honored as a Woman of Dedication in 2002 by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of which she was a board member. She was also a member of the Assistance League of North County, and she was active with the Historical Society, Carlsbad Newcomers, and Angels of Aseltine.

She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Demy.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Joseph C. Demy; her daughters, Leslie Demy and Patricia White; her daughter-in-law, Becky Demy; and four grandchildren.


Kenneth W. De Witt ’51 of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Friday, July 6, 2007, at his home after a short illness. He was 78.

He was born in Grand Haven to Nicholas and Kathryn (Bekins) De Witt and graduated from Grand Haven High School.

He married the former Barbara Wipperfurth on Jan. 5, 1952, in Spring Lake, Mich.

He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Fraternity at Hope.

He was the owner of Ken De Witt Builders and later formed De Witt and Behm Construction, building quality homes in the Tri-Cities area.

He was a member of Spring Lake Presbyterian Church for 55 years, where he served as an elder and an usher. He was also a member of Spring Lake Yacht Club, Grand Haven Elks, and the Muskegon Builders Association. He was a fine craftsman and loved to build furniture and help his daughters and families with many projects. He also helped build the Imagination Station at Mulligans Hollow. He loved to work in his garden and play the organ and his harmonicas.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Follen, in 1993, and by his brother and his wife, Stuart and Maryellen De Witt.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Wipperfurth) De Witt; four daughters, Susan (Mark) Armstrong of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Julie De Witt ’77 (Michael) Bullerdick of Sarasota, Fla., Sarah (Maurice) Follen of Neenah, Wis., and Carey De Witt ’80 (John) Korpi of Grand Haven; 12 grandchildren, including Meghan P. Follen ’07; in-laws, William (Diana) Wipperfurth of Spring Lake, Jerry Wipperfurth of Orlando, Fla., and Kurt (Janice) Wipperfurth of Ormand Beach, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.


Paul T. DeWitt ’44 of Delta Township, Mich., died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2007. He was 85.

He was the youngest of nine children of Henry and Anna DeWitt of Fremont, Mich. He did his undergraduate work at Hope and the University of Wisconsin.

He was a veteran of World War II who served 37 months in the U.S. Army, 11 of which were spent in India.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1951. He was on staff as a dentist at the Ypsilanti (Mich.) State Hospital until starting a private practice in Lansing, Mich., from which he retired in 1987.

He was very active in St. Gerard Parish from 1960 on, serving as an early lector, cantor and choir member for more than 40 years, in addition to other volunteer activities at the church and the school. He was also a member of the Central District, State of Michigan and the American Dental associations. He belonged to the VFW and Knights of Columbus, Richard Council #788, 3rd Degree.

Traveling was always of interest to him, visiting all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. He had a love of gardening, especially flowers, and he was an avid University of Michigan football fan. His family was the greatest joy of his life.

He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Andrew, in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of almost 59 years, Gerry; their four sons, Paul (Linda) DeWitt of Hastings, Mich., Stephen (Marilyn) DeWitt of Troy, Mich., Kevin (Theresa) DeWitt of Holland, Ohio, and Mark (Kathleen) DeWitt of Lansing, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; a sister, Anita Bradshaw of Fremont, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.


John Hietbrink ’42 of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. He was 87.

He grew up in Holland, Mich.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a finance officer during World War II.

After beginning his career in Holland, he moved his young family to Fort Lauderdale in 1960. He worked as a financial officer for several boat builders, including Chris Craft and Blackfin Yachts.

He was a servant of the Lord in many ways, serving his church faithfully and his community gladly. He loved his family wholeheartedly. He pursued his profession with wisdom and enthusiasm, and he played golf with both skill and grace.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marian DeWeerd ’44 Hietbrink; three children, James, Mary and Carol (Bill); one sister, Marge (Don) Kiekintveld; a sister-in-law, Janet Hietbrink; and many nieces and nephews.


John H. “Jack” Hoekstra of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. He was 81.

He was born in Kalamazoo, the son of Theodore and Winifred (VanderSalm) Hoekstra.

After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1944, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years.

Upon completing his education at Hope and the University of Michigan business school, he joined Hoekstra Sales Co., an appliance store owned by his father, Ted Hoekstra, and his uncle, Jerald Hoekstra.

On Sept., 14, 1951, he married Marian Dame. His life was focused on his family, his church and the community.

His many hobbies of music, sports, travel and collecting stamps and coins kept him mentally stimulated.

He was a member of the Second Reformed Church chancel choir for 65 years and a charter member of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, playing in it for 47 years.

For 68 years he participated in the YMCA church softball league as a player or manager, and he played badminton at the YMCA for many years.

His goal was to visit 100 countries during his lifetime. He visited 88, most of them with his wife and sons. His love of history and geography and gathering knowledge never ceased.

He was a charter member of Knights of the Round Table, a board member of the YMCA, and a member of the Reformed Church in America extension committee for eight years. He served on projects for Hope College, and he volunteered at Loaves and Fishes and at Ministry with Community.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Marian Dame ’47 Hoekstra; his sons, John ’79 (Marj) Hoekstra of Holland, Mich., and David Hoekstra of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren; his brothers-in-law, Paul ’44 (Marie) Dame and Russell Hage; and a sister-in-law, Trudy Dame ’39 Schrier.


Edward S. Huntington ’66 of Mandan, N.D., died on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was 68.

He was born on Staten Island, N.Y., to Robert W. and Susan D. (Sharrott) Huntington. He was raised in a military family and graduated from high school in Munich, Germany, in 1956.

He briefly attended Colorado University in Boulder before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving from November 1958 to January 1963. He graduated from Hope with a bachelor’s degree in history.

He married Susan Claire Long on March 15, 1969, in Mechanicsville, Pa.

In 1972 he graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. He and his wife lived in Norman, Okla., from 1972 to 1978. He served as a pastor to North Dakota churches in Dodge, Scranton, Carson, Minot, Lincoln Valley, and the Bismarck-Mandan area from 1978 to 1981. From 1982 until 2000 he was a part-time pastor while working for the U.S. Postal Service. He was also chaplain of the Bismarck Composite Squadron, North Dakota Wing, and Civil Air Patrol from 1984 to 2002. Most recently he served as pastor of Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He also operated Huntington Books in Mandan with his wife of 38 years, Susan Huntington, who survives him.

He was first and foremost a man of God; his greatest legacy is the faith in Jesus Christ that he modeled.

Additional survivors include his daughter, Erika (Philip) Rice of Milltown, Wis.; six sons, Nathan (Michelle) of Stafford, Va., Jeremy (Janine) of Pollocksville, N.C., Courtney (Lisa) of Monroe, La., James (Julie) of Bismarck, Seth of Hayden, Colo., and Zachary of Mandan; three brothers, Robert (Joan) Huntington of North Hollywood, Calif., Stuart (Paula) Huntington of Murrieta, Calif., and Lee Huntington of Richmond, Va.; and 10 grandchildren.


Leslie Mayton ’88 Kleiner of Shelby, Mich., died on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. She was 41.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Don and Janet (Steward) Mayton. She moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., at an early age and later lived in Ohio.

She married Jim Kleiner on May 20, 1989. They lived in Ohio, Missouri and Michigan, returning to Ferry Township to live in 2004. She had operated a pre-school and daycare in Ohio, and most recently devoted her time to home schooling her children.

She taught clogging, which she enjoyed very much, and introduced it to her friends. She was a member of the Cedar Creek Cloggers.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; her children, Hannah, Alex, twins, Austin and Colin, and Sydney; her father and step-mother, Don and Carol Mayton of Zeeland, Mich.; her grandmother, Ruth Stewart of New Castle, Pa.; her brothers, Phil (Cheryl) Mayton of Lexington, Ohio, and Doug (Michelle) Mayton of Mansfield, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.


John W. Ligtvoet ’48 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. He was 83.

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

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Arlene Eilanded ’48 Ligtvoet; his children, Pam Ligtvoet and Jon (Colleen) Ligvoet; a sister, Eleanor (Gerald) Bax; and a sister-in-law, Barb Stockman.


A tragic late-summer automobile accident claimed the lives of two students. Karen Linder ’10 of Sioux City, Iowa, and
Samuel
Meengs ’10 of Zeeland, Mich., died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. Sam died at the scene and Karen the next day.

They were both 19, and both about to enter their sophomore year at Hope, where they had met and started dating as freshmen.

Both had been actively involved in their high schools and communities prior to enrolling at Hope, and were outstanding students academically. Each had been valedictorian of their 2006 graduating classes, at North High School and Zeeland East High School respectively, and both had earned Dean’s List recognition at Hope.

Karen was a dance major who was interested in education, and held both a Presidential Scholarship and a Distinguished Artist Award in dance, and was to have been student coordinator of the college’s Gospel Choir this year. At home she had been involved with the madrigals and choreographed and danced in musicals, and was active in Siouxland Movement Arts. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Sam was a pre-med student. He was a member of the swim team at Zeeland and at Hope, and had participated in the Pull tug-of-war. He was a member of the Vriesland Reformed Church youth group and had participated in mission trips to Ecuador and Guatemala. He also served on the Zeeland Youth Advisory Council and the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area’s Youth Advisory Council.

Karen’s survivors include her parents, Kevin Linder of Sioux City and Lori Linder of Sioux City; a sister, Katie Linder; grandparents, Donna and Gary Linder, Leo and Frances Harris; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Sam’s survivors include his parents, Dan and Tami Meengs of Dorr, Mich.; brothers, Michael Meengs of Zeeland, and Jon and Nicole Meengs of Holland, Mich.; a sister, Jessica Meengs at home; grandparents, Gertrude Meengs of Zeeland, Steve and Grace Piersma of Zeeland; Tim and Annie Ferry of Solon, Iowa; and many aunts, uncles, niece, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held at Hope on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, and the college also organized a time of reflection and remembrance in the chapel on Thursday, Sept. 6. In addition, the Anchor published reflections in their memory by Hope friends in its Wednesday, Sept. 12, edition.


Charles E. Menning ’65 of Pittsburgh, Pa., died on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, of complications following surgery. He was 64.

After graduating from Hope, he was a reporter for the Pittsburgh Press for two years. He then enlisted in the Air National Guard and flew full time as a pilot until his retirement in 1998 as a Lt. Colonel.

He was an avid crossword puzzle constructor and a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins and minor league baseball teams in the Mid West.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Irene Bogaard ’41 Menning.

Survivors include his brothers, Bruce ’66 (Vicky Fris ’68) Menning of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mark ’68 (Pat) Menning of Lansing, Mich., and Roger (Joyce) Menning of Crystal Lake, Ill.; four nieces; three nephews; and two grand-nieces.


Ezekiel “Zeke” Brooks O’Neill of Highland Park, Ill., died on Sunday, July 29, 2007.

“Every day we carried you was worth the journey to see your beautiful face, to hold you for a day, and to celebrate the joy you have given us. Your spirit lives on through the energy, strength and love you spread from the womb to so many. You are our beloved son and we will always smile to think of you.”

Survivors include his parents, James and Stephanie Brooks ’90 O’Neill; his brother, Zachary James Norton; his grandparents, Jonathan and Susan O’Neill Lavin of Highland Park and Jim and Jane Brooks of Three Rivers, Mich.; a great-grandmother, Eunice Harding of Three Rivers; a great-great grandmother, Dorothy Link DeKeyser of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; and aunts, uncles and cousins.


F. Scott Petersen ’86 of Fairfield, N.J., died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, of complications of treatment for leukemia. He was 44.

He was born on Staten Island, N.Y., and moved to Holland, Mich., in 1985.

He was a graduate of Tottenville High School, Class of 1981, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary.

He was a minister who had served at Lawyersville & Sharon Reformed Churches in upstate New York and Griggstown Reformed Church in Princeton, N.J. At the time of his death, he was serving Fairfield Reformed Church. He was a lover of art, reading, birds and music.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Jack Moermond ’56.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Deborah Moermond ’84 Petersen; his children, Emily and Sarah Petersen; his parents, Franklin and Beverly Petersen; his brother, Eric ’87 (Ann) Petersen; his grandmother, Mary Bungay; and his mother-in-law, Jean Moermond.


Meredythe Noorlag ’64 Poltrock of Brookfield, Ill., died on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. She was 64.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Poltrock; her children, Jennifer Poltrock and William ’95 (Lesley) Poltrock; two grandchildren; and a sister, Ardythe Tiesenga.


William A. “Bill” Poppink ’37 of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. He was 93.

He was born March 26, 1914, in Rochester, N.Y., the second son of Marie and Henry Poppink.

He was a lifelong educator. Upon graduating from Hope, he began teaching and coaching in Rockford, Mich. There he met and married his wife of 64 years, Loma. He earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan while continuing to teach and coach. Six years later, he was principal of Rockford High School.

When World War II came, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was shipped to Kodiak, Alaska, where he sent coded messages to our Pacific Fleet, as well as decoded Japanese messages.

In 1946, he went back to Rockford, then to Grand Rapids, Mich., as a principal. He became superintendent of schools in Hillsdale, Mich., during which time he led the building of a new high school, and earned a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration. He next became superintendent at Muskegon's Reese-Puffer school district, and finally in Sault Ste. Marie in 1967.

He brought to Sault Ste. Marie the then new concept of schools that are never dark, which meant that the schools were left open in the evening for adult education. He worked hard to get the support for a new high school. He was noted as a very involved administrator - attending sporting events, helping teachers and principals. He was always a student advocate, emphasizing that all children, regardless of age or grade, should have the opportunity for a quality education. He retired from the superintendent's position in 1975.

He was always very involved in volunteer work. A few of his community service contributions serve as an example of the man who lived the Rotary motto of “Service above self.”

He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for many years and worked to start a community foundation. He was active in the Methodist church, serving on the administrative board, and teaching Sunday School. He worked for the United Way for more than 30 years and was chairman of the fund drive in 1989. He served for many years on the local Hospice board. He was on the board of the Soo Sheltered Workshop for handicapped adults when they built two additions, and began a recycling program.

A lifelong love of golf began when he started to caddy at age 12, and he often volunteered as a teacher of golf. He was president of the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club when they planned for a second nine holes for the municipal golf course. He introduced the Old Granddad golf tournament, and started the E.U.P. Junior Golf Tournament.

He participated in many service projects through the Rotary Club, such as tutoring in the STRIVE program. He wrote the Rotary Club bulletin for years, and his family hosted the first Rotary Exchange student to the area from Brazil in 1970.

He was a volunteer at the Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen for many years. He served at Anchor House campus ministry at Lake Superior State University. He was on the committee to obtain land for community economic development which is now home to several industries. He served as chairman of the dedication of the Norris Center. He was active in the Michigan Association of Retired School Personal. He helped to form the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and was on the committee which got the River of History Museum into operation. His philosophy was that “things are not bound to get better, you have to make them better.”

As a student at Hope, Bill was captain of the 1937 MIAA championship men’s basketball team. He also lettered in golf and track, and was on the football team. He was in Blue Key and was a reporter for the “Anchor” and a member of Student Congress. In 2002 the Hope College Alumni Association honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He also served on the college’s H-Club board, was a class representative and chaired the 50 Year Circle.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Loma Poppink; his son William Cal Poppink ’65; and his brother Everett Poppink ’31.

Survivors include his children, Grace Poppink ’63 (Thom) Hodgson of Raleigh, N.C., James ’67 (Rebecca) Poppink of Hessel, Mich.; Lyn (Donald) Johnson of Freehold, N.J.; and Sue ’75 (Ken) Poppink-Brock of Lansing, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Martha (Joe) Poppink-Melcher of Tecumseh, Mich.; nine grandchildren, including Peter “Cal” ’92 (Amy Alverson ’92) Hodgson of Fowlerville, Mich., and Kevin ’93 (Holly) Poppink of Saline, Mich.; 10 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.


Joshua Spalsbury ’02 of Grand Ledge, Mich., died on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, as a result of a car accident in Yellowstone National Park, where he was employed. He was 27.

He was born in Hillsdale, Mich., and graduated from Grand Ledge High School, where he ran cross country and track under the loving coaching and mentoring of his father, Kim, and close family friend, Jim Brandt. He played basketball for close family friend Coach Tony Sweet.

He attended Hope for two years and transferred to DePaul University to complete his B.A. in communication in 2002. During his years at Hope, he lettered in cross country and track and participated in the Nykerk Cup competition.

He was an avid and loyal fan of Michigan State University and Detroit sports teams and followed their progress from wherever he was.

He loved his family and friends deeply, as they loved him, and was thoroughly enjoying his job in Yellowstone National Park at the time of his death. He had a lifelong passion for music, writing and art, and hoped one day to make a movie from one of his original scripts.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Robert Hotchkiss.

Survivors include his parents, Kim ’77 and Kathy Spalsbury; his sister, Jenna; his brother, Jarred (Cody Scoggins); a nephew; his grandparents, Margaret Hotchkiss and Joel and Saundra Spalsbury; close friend Robby Winstanley; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


Peter Sterk of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. He was 94.

He was born in Stickney, S.D., and moved to Holland in 1954.

He had worked in the custodial department at the college.

He was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and a former member of Bethel Reformed Church, where he served as an elder.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Sterk, in 1993.

Survivors include his children, Carolyn (James) Botsford of Zeeland, Mich., Vernon ’64 (Carla VandeBunte ’65) Sterk of Holland,, and Doris (Phillip) Miles of Holland; nine grandchildren, including Michele Sterk ’91 (Jon R. ’92) Schoon; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a sister, Jennie Schouten of Sun City, Ariz.; in-laws, Crystal Sterk of Denver, Colo., Lou and Ron Schermer of Zeeland, Roy and Betty Kats of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Goldie and Harlan Doeschot of Firth, Neb.; and nephews, nieces and cousins.


Richard D. Stewart ’51 of Punta Gorda, Fla., died on Sunday, July 22, 2007. He was 77.

He was born in Gary, Ind., and moved to the Punta Gorda area from Michigan in 1991.

He was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in Punta Gorda and Loyal Order of Moose in Port Charlotte.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Dorcas Stewart; five children; five step-children; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Henry W. Ten Pas ’35 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, July 21, 2007. He was 93.

He was a member of Third Reformed Church, where he was a member of the choir and the sanctuary restoration committee and served as an elder and vice president of the consistory. He was a past member of the Century Club.

After graduating from Hope, he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He was a physician in general practice in the Michigan communities of Overisel and Hamilton prior to becoming an anesthesiologist in Holland and retiring in 1978. He served two terms as Holland Hospital chief of staff, and was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Medical Association.

He was a former member of the Hope College Board of Trustees for five years, including service as the secretary of the board.

He was preceded in death in 2001 by his wife, Edna Mooi ’38 Ten Pas.

Survivors include his children, Joanne (Jerry) Klomparens of Holland, Mich., and William (Barbara) Ten Pas of Holland; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Eleanor Dalman ’42 Vanderhill of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2007. She was 87.

She was an elementary school teacher for several years at Harrington School in Holland.

She ministered with her husband, George Vanderhill ’42, for more than 40 years in Christian Reformed Churches in Muskegon and Dearborn, Mich., and Wheaton, Ill.

She was a member of HASP (Hope Academy of Senior Professionals), Women’s Literary Society, and Evergreen Commons.

She was preceded in death by an infant grandson.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, George; their children, Matthew (Marjorie) Vanderhill of Arlington, Mass., Mark (Marlene) Vanderhill of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Pamela Vanderhill of Kalamazoo, Mich.; eight grandchildren; her brother, L.C. Dalman ’28 of Holland; sisters-in-law, Barbara Dalman, Lillian Mulder ’35 Dalman, and Alma Vanderhill ’48 Holkeboer, all of Holland; and several nieces and nephews.


William C. Waggoner ’58 of Washington, N.J., died on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

He was the son of Richard L. Waggoner, a country doctor, and Doris Eleanor Odle Waggoner, who was known for her superb singing voice in the village of St. Louis, Mich. He loved sports and played high school football.

While at Hope, he played varsity football and majored in German and minored in chemistry and biology. He attended both the first and second Hope Vienna Summer School programs in 1956 and 1957, becoming a longtime friend of Dr. Paul Fried ’46, founder of the program, and studying the language, culture and history of Vienna.

The Hope College Alumni Association honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physiology at Michigan State University.

He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years prior to starting a consulting company in medical research ethics, which was his focus for the past 44 years.

He was widely published in a large variety of learned journals in the areas of physiology, cosmetic chemistry, medical physiology, clinical toxicology and medical ethics. He was a life member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and was its president for one year, along with an additional year of an unexpired term.

He had a passion for yachting and flying. He earned many yacht racing awards in the United States and in the Mediterranean. He was a licensed instrument-rated pilot and served Angel Flight NE, flying many patients to their treatment centers and back. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, serving on the race committee for a continuous 19 years. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the United States Sailing Association, serving the latter as chairman of the sports medicine committee, judge, umpire, senior race officer and in the America’s Cup medical office for drug dispensation and declarations. He was also a trustee of the International Yacht Restoration School, where he was chairman of the education committee, and trustee of the Midland School and the United States Sailing Foundation, which he served as president.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; eight children, Kathy of Newark, Del., Julianna of West Whately, Mass., Richard of Franklin, Tenn., Susan of Lake Mary, Fla., Sonja of Columbus, Ind., John of Auerbach, Germany, Mary of Grand Fontaine, France, and William of Lebanon, N.J.; and 11 grandchildren.


Samuel Williams of Brewton, Ala., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. He was 85.

He was a native of Escambia County (Ala.) and lived there most of his life.

He graduated from Southern Normal School in 1941 and from Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, Iowa, in 1943.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He continued his education at Central College in Pella, Iowa, earning a degree in 1948.

He was called to the ministry and graduated from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., in 1952. He was ordained as a minister in the Reformed Church in America the same year. He served as a minister in several churches around the country for 39 years and returned to Brewton in 1990 after his retirement.

From 1968 to 1972, he was associate chaplain at Hope.

In retirement, he was active in Old Springhill Primitive Baptist Church and in the community, and he received several rewards for his dedicated work.

He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Sanford, Eric, Herriford (Johnnie), Augusta, and Mattie Kate.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Pauline Hendrieth ’51 Williams; his children, Marcia White, Wandia (Kenneth) Hoke, Paulia Williams, and Samuel Lloyd Williams; three grandchildren; and other relatives.


Virginia VerStrate ’40 Zoutendam of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Thursday, July 19, 2007. She was 89.

She taught at Ottawa Hills High School and was a longtime member of Immanuel Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Zoutendam ’39.

Survivors include her children, Gary (Janice) Zoutendam of Battle Creek, Mich., Paul (Anita) Zoutendam of Mason, Ohio, and Marilyn (David) Stelma of Walker, Mich.; six grandchildren, including Jonathan ’94 (Christine Troxel ’94) Zoutendam, Heather Zoutendam ’95 (Daniel) Edgerly, and Sara ’04 (Dustin) Lambries; 10 great-grandchildren; and many cousins.