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April 2008 Obituaries
Leroy F. Alder ’42
She was born June 24, 1929, in Plainwell, Mich., to Fred and Alyce (Smith) Johnson and was a lifelong resident of the area. She married Darrel Allen on Dec. 20, 1958.
She was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church, where she started the library, and was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Allegan County.
Her favorite pass times were reading and music.
She graduated from Hope and from Western Michigan University. Her degrees were in education and sociology.
After graduation from Hope, she taught in elementary schools for one year in Grand Rapids, Mich., and one year in Pontiac, Mich. She then did social work for two years before raising her family.
She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Natalie Allen.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Darrel Allen; two sons, Timothy (Diane) Allen of Plainwell and Todd (Janet) Allen of Otsego, Mich.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman with the occupation forces in Italy following World War II.
After attending Hope, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He worked as product manager and technical salesperson for Haynes Satellite Co. for 17 years and retired from Coshocton Steel Co. after 25 years.
He was a member of the Zionsville Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Niva and Barbara Loessel.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Wagoner Baskin; his children, Curt (MaryBeth) Baskin and Craig (Sherry) Baskin; four grandchildren; and his siblings, Kenny (Bernice) Baskin, Floyd (Mary Ann) Baskin, Dorothy (Frank) Strach, Carl Baskin, Betty Baskin, and Marvin (Rhonda) Baskin.
While attending Hope, she belonged to the Alpha Gamma Phi sorority.
She had been a teacher in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Grand Haven, Mich., and in Goshen, Ind. She later moved into jobs in technology and computer science for the Goshen school system. When she retired, she and her husband, Gerald Boerhave ’67, moved to Knoxville.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by her parents, James and Marjorie Mogle.
Survivors include her daughters, Katherine (Dale) VanSpronsen, Gretchen (Jack) Barr, and Rebecca (Matthew) Holmberg; six grandchildren; her brother, James (Nancy Jo) Mogle; and her sister, Nancy Lee Mogle.
He was the son of a Baptist minister. While attending Hope, he was a standout athlete and student leader, and will long be remembered for addressing a community gathering at Holland’s Centennial Park at the time of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968.
At the time of his death, he was special assistant to the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serving as director of corporate outreach and recruitment for the undergraduate program. He was also director of the Rev. Dr. H.B. Brady Foundation.
He previously served as senior vice president of CNA Insurance and president of the CNA Insurance Companies Foundation, which is the principal funding entity for CAN social program investments. He was responsible for strategically positioning the $40 million foundation and CAN employees through voluntarism, to impact key social issues.
He was also former vice president of INROADS Inc. He provided leadership and management support to eight INROADS affiliate operations and created new affiliates in numerous cities. Additionally, he served as associate chaplain at Dartmouth College, special assistant to the deputy commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in New York City, and regional director of A Better Chance (ABC), a national not-for-profit talent search organization that places students of color in outstanding college preparatory independent boarding schools.
His civic activities included member of the Economic Club of Chicago; advisory board of directors of the College of Business at the University of Illinois Chicago; Chicago United Task Force on Public School Education; board member of VTC Enterprises; Congressional Awards Council; and the Institute for Athletes in Education.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope, he earned a Master of Social Work degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.
He had stayed connected with the college. In 2007 he was a speaker at the Great Lakes Colleges Association Students of Color Leadership Conference, held on Hope’s campus Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20. In October 2005, he was a featured keynote speaker during the dedication celebration for the college’s Martha Miller Center for Global Communication. In 2005 he joined other former Hope basketball players cutting down the nets after the Flying Dutchmen played their final game at the Holland Civic Center. This past December he hosted Hope business students in Chicago.
He was voted the most valuable basketball player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as both a junior and a senior. He still ranks as Hope’s all-time leading basketball scorer. He ended his career with 2,004 points, which at the time was exceeded by only four other players, including Cazzie Russell of the University of Michigan and Dave De Busschere of the University of Detroit. He was also an all-conference high jumper in track.
His name still appears on several Hope career basketball records, including season scoring average (31.0 ppg), field goals in a season (250), and rebounding average (14.0 rpg). He holds two MIAA records: first in career rebounds (648) and second in career points in league games (1,170).
He retired 14 years ago from the city of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., where he had served as city manager for 27 years. Since that time, he and his wife enjoyed great times spent at their second home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. His great enjoyment came from his grand family.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Kathryn DeVette ’53 Bremer; his children, Pamela (Brandt) Droska and Jeffrey ’77 (Christine) Bremer; many grandchildren; and his sister, Harriet Brieve.
He was born on June 5, 1937, to Clarence and Ann Brower in Allegan County (Mich.). He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1955 and from Hope in 1959 with a Bachelor Arts degree in business.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1961.
He completed the University of Chicago marketing program in 1988 and the Columbia University marketing program in New York in 1989.
He was vice-president of sales and marketing at Batts Inc. in Zeeland, Mich., retiring in 1995.
He relocated to Palm Springs, Calif., in 2002.
Survivors include his sister, Ardith Brower ’60 DaFoe of Williamston, Mich.; his brother, Robert (Sue) Brower of Kalamazoo, Mich.; three nieces, including Rachelle DaFoe ’88 (Robert) Whitacre of Virginia Beach, Va., and one nephew, and their children.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1917, in Hamilton, Mich.
She was a graduate of Hope and the University of Michigan.
She was a school teacher and a librarian, and a member of Peoples Church.
Her sister, Harlene Schumaat ’45 Craven, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her niece and nephews, Carol Trinder of Williamston, Mich., Dean Craven of East Lansing, and Frank (Rita) Craven of Lexington, Ky.; and two grandnephews.
Marion Churchill ’50 Brown of Ossineke, Mich., died on Sunday, Feb.
10, 2008. She was 81.
He was born in Holland and raised in Coopersville, Mich.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
After graduating from Hope, he graduated from Western Theological Seminary.
He was called and served as a missionary in Japan for the Reformed Church in America (RCA) for 22 years, and then called to serve on national staff as secretary for Asian and African Ministries of the RCA.
He was a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Phyllis Voss ’47 Bruggers; their children, David ’73 (Denise) Bruggers of Peru, Stephen ’76 (Barbara Herbek ’76) Bruggers of New York, Joan Bruggers (James Sullivan) of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Carolyn Bruggers ’81 of Chicago, Ill.; eight grandchildren, including Seth ’00 (Rebecca Potts ’00) Bruggers, Daniel Bruggers ’03, and John Bruggers ’08; his brothers, Laurence ’41 (Dorothy) Bruggers of Arizona and Howard ’50 (Henrietta Weener ’50) Bruggers of Florida; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was retired from Plantars Lifesavers, where she worked as an occupational nurse.
She was a member of Christ Memorial Church, where she was active in the choir and bell choir.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Cupery, in 1965.
Survivors include her children, David Cupery of Douglas, Mich., Douglas Cupery, Donald Cupery of Holland and Jody (Dan) Castillo of Holladn; five grandchildren; and her mother-in-law, Jennie DeJager of Wisconsin.
He was a veteran who served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard in WW II, during which he saw duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific war operations.
In a career spanning 40 years in Michigan public education, he served four school districts as superintendent, including Kent County Intermediate School District. He was also elected president of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and was active in the Michigan Association of School Administrators. In 1988 he was elected into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame.
He received the Michigan Sport Sages’ Humanitarian Award in 1991 and was voted into the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1999 his alma mater presented him the Distinguished Alumni Award.
He was commissioner emeritus of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), having served as commissioner from 1971 to 1991. He guided the league through a historic period in which it became one of the first collegiate conferences in America to have a combined governance structure for men’s and women’s sports. In 2003, the MIAA established the Albert L. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented annually to the league’s top graduating male scholar-athlete.
He earned an A.B. from Kalamazoo College and an M.A. in school administration from the University of Michigan.
Survivors include his wife, Connie; three daughters, Ann M. VandenBerg, Emily J. Dood and Martha E. Butler; four stepsons, Richmond H. (Cindy) Jones, Douglas H. Jones, Donald H. (Maryvic Cuison) Jones, and Craig H. (Lisa) Jones; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A native of Coopersville, Mich., she was the daughter of Harold and Herlene Ter Avest Van Doorn.
She was a pre-school teacher at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she was also a member.
She enjoyed gardening, knitting and puzzles.
She lived for her children – her own, her grandchildren and her pre-school students. She also gave to good causes related to eliminating hunger in children and knitting clothing for children in poverty. She had a profound, deeply-held Christian faith. She was a friend to many people and loved by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Arthur J. DeJong; her sons, Mark (Julie) DeJong of Atlanta, Ga., Paul (Jessica) DeJong of Winchester, Va., and Richard (Jeanne) DeJong of Brevard, N.C..; her daughters, Ruth (Mark) Anker of Cambridge, Ohio, and Beth (Greg) Cook of Avoca, Wis.; her brothers, William Van Doorn of Milwaukee, Wis., and John (Alvina) Van Doorn of Coopersville; her sisters, Joanne (James) Bengelink of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jean (Carl) Hamstra of Zeeland, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.
She had been an elementary school teacher.
She served at First Reformed Church through teaching and ministries of mercy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron DePree, and a son, Kim DePree ’84.
Survivors include her son, Steve DePree; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A lifelong resident of the North Park neighborhood in Chicago, she helped to build the Warner Candy Company with her husband, Bernard, until the family sold the business in 2003.
She remained active in the life of the college through the music program. She contributed to the Skinner Organ Restoration Fund and especially enjoyed listening to the Tulip Time organ concerts.
Survivors include her six children, Susan (Martin) Sandstrom, Wylie (Ardyth) Douglass, John (Emily) Douglass, Robert ’72 (Teresa) Douglass, David (Susan) Douglass, and Daniel (Holly) Douglass; 17 grandchildren, including James Sandstrom ’88, Andrea Douglass ’01 (Eric ’01) Shaeffer, Heather Douglass ’01, Holly Douglass ’02 (Christopher ’02) Vander Hyde, and Wylie Douglass III ’05; and four great-grandchildren.
He was born in the Netherlands and raised in southern Ontario, Canada. His early spiritual upbringing was at Ebenezer Reformed Church of Stoney Creek, where he made his profession of faith and was called of God to the Christian ministry.
He attended high school at Great Lakes Christian College, graduated from Hope, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in 1972.
He interned at Hope Reformed Church in Holland, Mich. During college and seminary, his interests included psychology (Psi Chi), forensics (Pi Kappa Delta), youth ministry (the “Pit,” “Retreat” and “Backdoor” coffee house ministries), Young Life, Campus Crusade for Christ, and the Navigators. During seminary he served as dormitory head resident and worked in the dean’s office at Hope.
In March 1972 he married Marjorie Hull Faber, then assistant professor of French at Hope, and began his first pastorate at Jamestown Reformed Church in Jamestown, Mich.
In 1979 he became senior pastor at Grace Reformed Church of Holland, Mich., where he served for eight years. He also served Peace Church of Middleville, Mich.
In addition to his pastoral duties, he also served as president of the Holland Classis and chaired its church planning and extension committee a number of times. He served on the Synod of the Great Lakes executive committee and was chairperson of the synod’s youth, discipleship and church planning and development committees.
In the Zeeland (Mich.) Classis he was extensively involved in youth ministries and in church extension, participating in the formation of Heritage Reformed Church of Zeeland and New Hope Reformed Church of Columbus, Ohio.
From 2002 forward, he focused his time working with friends at Quality Car Wash and Tommy’s in Holland, and he participated in ministry at Crystal Creek Community Church.
Upon retiring from the ministry in 2006, he was declared Pastor Emeritus at Grace Community Church in Holland.
Survivors include his wife, Marge Faber; their children, Tamara (Micah) Faber-Doty, Wendy (Jeremy) Podany, and Philip Faber; two grandchildren; his mother, Julie Faber; his brother, Hylke (Ada) Faber; his sister, Jopie (Hans) Vander Zee; and nieces and nephews.
In the early 1970s, she taught acting and creative dramatics at Hope, where she was also a part-time English instructor. She also taught theatre and English at Holland (Mich.) High School.
After moving to California, she worked in casting for the motion picture industry and eventually ran her own agency. She came to be considered one of the top casting directors in Hollywood during the past 20 years. Her filmography lists more than 80 titles, including blockbuster films by award-winning directors. She was, however, especially happy when working on smaller, independent film projects and was always ready to advise and support young film talent.
She won several awards, including an Emmy for casting 61*, Billy Crystal’s HBO television film about the race by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. In 2002 she was called “a legend” by the Casting Society of America and awarded the first “Heart of Performance Award” at the Method Fest Independent Film Festival.
A little more than a year ago she closed her business in Los Angeles. She and her husband moved to Sonoma last year to be close to their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Don, who taught theatre at Hope from 1967 to 1982; their son, David (Amy) Finn; and two grandchildren.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force European Theater.
He graduated from Hope and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
He was a history teacher at Ludington (Mich.) High School from 1949 to 1954. He was a history teacher and tennis coach at Holland Christian High school and teacher and principal at Maplewood Christian Elementary School from 1954 to 1985.
He was a student at Western Theological Seminary since 2004 and a lay preacher in the Reformed Church in America.
He worked for Herrick District Library for the past 17 years.
He was a member of Prospect Park Christian Reformed Church and, recently, Christ Memorial Church, and was involved in Crossroads Ministry.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Palmbos ’66 Grissen, and a son, Michael Grissen.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Grissen; his daughter, Pat (Mark) Douma of Minneapolis, Minn.; two grandchildren; step-children, Dee Dee (Kevin) Terpsma of Zeeland, Mich., Linda Van Hoven of North Carolina, and Michael (Cheryl) Atman of Wyoming; two step-grandchildren; his siblings, John (Eunice) Grissen of Florida, Gladys (Don) Smeenge of Holland, and Sue Weatherwax of Holland; sisters-in-law, Lillian Grissen of Grand Rapids, Mich., Norma (Ed) Postma of Grand Rapids, and Jan (Frank) Larkin of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
She had been a teacher and social worker, mainly in Pennsylvania and Boston, Mass.
She was a member of Third Reformed Church and had been a member of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals and the Women’s Literary Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Halko ’50, in 1986.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Halko-Sheehan (Stephen Sheehan) of Marshfield, Mass., Nancy (Tommy) Driy of Wellston, Mich., and Michelle DesCloux of Abbott, Maine; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Gerald Van Faasen of Seattle, Wash.; her sister-in-law, Jean Van Faasen of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.
He was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Arthur B. and Anna Kruger Haysom on Dec. 31, 1912. His family moved east and he grew up and attended school in Catskill, N.Y.
He then studied at Hope and at Western Theological Seminary.
He was a pastor who served churches of the Reformed Church in America in New York (Bloomington, St. Remy, First Amsterdam, Bethany Memorial of Manhattan and New Hurley of Elmsford) and New Jersey (Harrington Park). Following his retirement from the Federated Church of Kerhonkson, N.Y., he served as stated supply pastor at the Krumville and Lyonsville Reformed Churches, was interim pastor for the Blue Mountain and Katsbaan Reformed Churches, did supply preaching, and served as contract minister for the High Woods Reformed Church in Saugerties.
Active in civic affairs, he was a charter member of the Bloomington Fire Company and the first fire chief of that department and served as chaplain in later years. He also held life memberships in the Kerhonkson and Elmsford Fire Departments and also served as chaplain for both. For several years he was chaplain at the reunions of the 550th Signal Base Depot, which was stationed at Saipan during World War II.
He was interested in railroads and was a member of the Kingston Model Railroad Club, serving as president, secretary and treasurer. He was also an organizer and first president of the Catskill Mountain Railroad. In cooperation with his wife, he built a small G gauge garden railroad in the backyard of their home.
During his ministry, he served as stated clerk of the classes of Montgomery and Bergen and a synodical youth counselor and president of the Regional Synod of New York. He was active in the synod’s selection and purchase of the Warwick Conference Center in Warwick, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Minnie Burger Haysom, in 1988, a sister Louise Knaust, and a son, Richard Haysom.
He is survived by his wife, Cordelia Feltman Haysom; a son, Alan Hayson ’64 of Accord, N.Y.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew.
He was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on Nov. 17, 1939, the son of LeRoy and Emma (Holmes) Hess.
He graduated from Ridgewood High School and did one year of postgraduate work at Suffield Academy in Connecticut prior to attending and graduating from Hope.
He was a fundraising consultant and owner of Advancement Resources. He had been a fundraising consultant for many nonprofit organizations. He began his fundraising career at Cranwell School in Rhode Island; then he was director of annual giving and later director of the bicentennial capital campaign at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; he was next director of development for the University of Tulsa and later director of development for Colby-Sawyer College.
He was a former trustee at Suffield Academy, as well as several other organizations. He was an avid tennis player and still held the record for MIAA champion at Hope College. In addition, he was passionate about crossword puzzles, kayaking and spending time on the coast of Maine.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Patricia Richmond Hess; three sons, Peter (Cheryl) Hess, Kevin Hess, and Brian (Jennifer) Kucharski; four grandchildren; his brother, Hubert (Connie) Hess; his mother-and father-in-law, Herbert and Ruth Richmond; a brother-in-law, Russell (Jennifer) Richmond; a sister-in-law, Polly House; and nieces, nephews and a cousin.
Hillegonds was chaplain at Hope from 1965 to 1978. While on the staff he also taught a course in Old Testament Bible.
When Hillegonds left the college, former Hope President Gordon J. Van Wylen noted, “He was able to challenge and encourage students from a wide variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. He was sought out by students and faculty members as a counselor; he was sympathetic, but demanding; gracious, while expecting the best. He was widely read and a truly outstanding preacher. He had an outstanding way of maintaining contact and creative interactions with students.”
Hillegonds’s service at Hope coincided with a challenging time in U.S. history when national and international issues and events often became a central focus for activism and discussion on college and university campuses—the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the 1968 assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Even while engaged with such events beyond campus, Hope students also turned their attention to practices at the college itself—their activism, for example, ultimately led to the elimination of mandatory chapel.
In that latter case, and as an indication of their high regard for him, students took care to offer assurances that it was the principle of the practice, and not him as chaplain, to which they took exception. He, in turn, praised students for their serious consideration of the role of faith in their lives, writing the following in the essay “Hope’s Religious Temperature” in the Hope College Alumni Magazine in January 1968: “The questions I hear students raise are bread-and-butter questions. And more often than not, students raise these questions with agony written on their faces. Their questions have to do with their identity as persons, with a world seemingly at war with the need for the individual to matter, with vocation or where to serve their fellows and how to do it. They have to do with whether it is possible to take Jesus Christ seriously and remain sane in a world geared for other things.”
Reflecting on the era and Hillegonds’s thoughtful service, President Van Wylen further noted, “Chaplain Hillegonds has served the students and staff of Hope College with great effectiveness during a most difficult period in higher education… I cannot visualize a more effective college chaplain during the past decade than Chaplain Hillegonds.”
Hillegonds was born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 11, 1922, the son of William J. and Anna Hillegonds. He served in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II, earning five battle stars and the Bronze Star.
He majored in history at Hope, from which he graduated magna cum laude. While a student he was sophomore class president, received Faculty Honors, was a member of the Blue Key Honor Fraternity and the Fraternal Society, earned three letters for varsity baseball, and had participated in the Pull tug-of-war.
He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 1951, and received the S.T.M. summa cum laude from the University of Dubuque in 1972.
While at Western Theological Seminary he was minister at the Hudsonville Congregational Church. Following seminary he was pastor of First Reformed Church of Chatham, N.Y., from 1951 to 1955, of Brighton Reformed Church of Rochester, N.Y., from 1955 to 1960 and of Hope Church of Holland from 1960 to 1965. After leaving the college chaplaincy he served Second Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, and First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. In retirement he was parish associate at the Brighton Presbyterian Church in Michigan and later held two interim appointments in Terre Haute, Ind., and Alma, Mich.
Hillegonds stayed involved with Hope after his service as chaplain ended. He delivered the college’s Commencement Address in 1979, the Baccalaureate Sermon in 1983 and the Opening Convocation address in 1991. He also served for a time as the 1949 Class Representative.
The William Hillegonds ’49 Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in his honor to provide a scholarship for a worthy student demonstrating financial need. In 1983, the college presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth (Libby) Romaine ’46 Hillegonds; his sons, Paul (Nancy Phillips) Hilligonds and Timothy ’72 (Lynn Klaasen ’72) Hillegonds; and five grandchildren, including Rachel Hillegonds ’99 (Michael) Myers, Thomas Hillegonds ’02, and Rebecca Hillegonds ’05 (Justin) Stellema.
She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 29, 1944, to John P. and Helen M. Walsma. She graduated in 1962 from Union High School.
She was a faithful member of Trinity Reformed Church where she acted as a servant to others and as a witness to her faith.
She was also a central source of strength and love to her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Paul Walsma ’54, and a son at birth, Bruce Alan.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Bob Jackson ’66; three daughters, Laura (Peter) Klein, Julie Jackson ’91 (Tim) Zahm, and Karen Jackson, all of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his wife, Bee Karsten; four children; three step-children; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was born in Holland and graduated from Holland High School and Hope.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a member of the 391st Bomb Group and received the Air Medal for heroism.
He was retired from Herman Miller Inc.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Kempker, in 1977, and his second wife, Leona Piers Kempker, in 2003.
Survivors include his children, Garry ’74 (Gloria) Kempker of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Steven (Nancy) Kempker of Zeeland, Mich.; two grandchildren; stepchildren, Mary Piers ’68 (Dan) George, Jim ’69 (DeeDee Gunther ’71) Piers, and Scott Piers; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; in-laws, Gerald and Eleanor Bax of Grand Rapids, Mich., Fayne Kempker of Holland, Alice Kempker of Holland, and Phyllis Swierenga of Holland; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Betty Nyland of Holland.
He was a graduate of Grandville (Mich.) High School.
He was a junior at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where he was also an all-conference football player. He had been a student at Hope during the fall semester of the 2005-06 academic year.
Survivors include his mother, Susan Kiviniemi; his father, Martin Krystiniak; his grandmothers, Hilda Stariha and Dortha Krystiniak; his brother, Joshua; his sister, Chantal; his step-father, Robert Kiviniemi; his step-sisters, Sarah, Erika and Shana; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was the daughter of Paul E. 1907 and Martha DeJong 1907 Hinkamp, in honor of whom there is a scholarship at Hope.
She was selected to be trained at Smith College as one of the first group of women to become officers in the U.S. Navy’s WAVES. She served during World War II coding and decoding messages to and from ships in the Atlantic. She retired with the rank of lieutenant.
She taught high school in Chesaning, Mich., for three years. After her military service, she worked in school and camp advertising and placement for Redbook, Harper’s Bazaar and an independent agency in New York City.
In 1984 she married Capt. Donald E. McCoy, U.S.N., and moved to Holland. She was a member of Hope Church, Holland Century Club, Second Century Club and Woman’s Literary Club and its book club.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul E. Hinkamp ’49.
Survivors include her husband, Capt. Donald McCoy, U.S.N.; three stepsons, Don (Melinda) McCoy of Portland, Ore., Robert (Mary Jane) McCoy of Danville, Calif., and John McCoy of Reno, Nev.; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brother, James ’40 (Alice) Hinkamp of Holland; her sister, Lois Hinkamp ’44 (Vernon ’44) Boersma of Holland; and several nieces and nephews and their children.
He was born on July 16, 1912, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Siebe 1900 and Katarina Nettinga. When he was a young boy, his family to Holland, where his father became professor of church history at Western Theological Seminary.
After graduating from Hope, where he studied history and classics and played football and basketball, he graduated from Western Theological Seminary. He then earned a M.Th. from Princeton University in 1938. He moved to New York and earned a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in 1946. In 2006 Western Theological Seminary honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
While attending Union Seminary, he was pastor of the E. 89th Street Reformed Church, where he met and married Margaret Drew, who came from New Jersey each Sunday to sing in the choir. He later did youth work at the denominational offices of the Reformed Church in America.
In 1949 the family moved to Pasadena, Calif., where he worked as the Western Regional secretary of the American Bible Society (ABS). He also preached in Reformed churches, including the drive-in movie theater where Robert H. Schuller ’47 was beginning his ministry.
In 1957 the family moved back to the East Coast when he was appointed director of institutional advancement for the ABS in New York City. He promoted the ABS 150th anniversary celebration in 1969 and its New Testament translation, Good News for Modern Man (1966), and later the complete Old and New Testaments, The Good News Bible (1976). In 1973 he wrote Quotations from the Bible for Modern Man. During his career with ABS, he presented copies of the Bible to four standing presidents: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford.
Upon retirement he moved to Carlsbad, Calif., where he served two interim appointments at United Church of Christ congregations in Escondido and Poway. He also served as pastor to retired ministers for the California Classis. He later moved to retirement communities in California, first in San Marcos and then in Fullerton.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Drew Nettinga, and his second wife, Pearl Nettinga; his brother, Paul Nettinga ’30; and his sister, Cornelia Nettinga ’27 (Alvin ’26) Neevel.
Survivors include a son, Jon Nettinga of Fullerton.
She was born on March 10, 1949, in Elkart, Ind., to George and June (Malley) Weichsel.
She was an administrative assistant with the Lincoln Public Schools.
She was a warm-hearted, kind person who dedicated her life to helping young people.
She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.
Survivors include her father, George Weichsel of South Bend, Ind.; her life partner, Chris Eiel of Lincoln; two sons, Stephen Schoo of Los Angeles, Calif., and David Schoo of Austin, Texas; her brother, Ken (Kay) Weichsel of West Bend, Wis.; two step-daughters, Sue Henderson of Hartford, Conn., and Shelley Schoo of Campbell, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was born Loretta Ruth Stafford on Sept. 10, 1906, in Fonda, Iowa. In 1913 her family moved to Detroit, Mich., where she graduated from high school and attended what is now Wayne State University. She graduated from Syracuse University and taught high school mathematics prior to her 63-year marriage.
She was married to the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and she worked with him to build his well-known ministry at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, N.Y. She was the first woman to be president of the National Board of North American Missions of the Reformed Church in America. She was also the driving force behind the magazine Guideposts, the author of several books and magazine articles, and the originator of the Knit for Kids program, which distributes sweaters to children in need.
She received numerous national awards and honors, including the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, four honorary degrees, and listings in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
She was a member of the board of directors of the American Bible Society, Interchurch Center, Institutes of Religion and Health, and National Bible Association.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Hope from 1967 to 1979 and has been an honorary trustee since 1979. The Ruth Stafford Peale Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Homer Surbeck in recognition of her distinguished service to the college. Dr. and Mrs. Peale established the Norman and Ruth Peale Fund to support faculty/student research at Hope in contemporary religious thought. The Peale Science Center, which opened in 1973 and is now the Peale wing of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center, was named for Dr. and Mrs. Peale; and the college awarded each of them an honorary degree in 1962.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993.
Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Peale Everett and Elizabeth Peale Allen; her son, John Stafford Peale; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was born in East Grand Rapids, Mich., on June 7, 1926, to Jay H. and Dixie Petter.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in engineering. He worked with his father at Buss Machine Works in Holland, Mich., until purchasing Pentwater Wire Products in the mid-60s.
His work was his passion until he officially retired upon his death. He enjoyed working, designing and creating, and had many patents to his credit.
He cherished his friends and dearly loved his children, always encouraging them to follow their dreams, to seek adventure by taking the road less traveled, to explore their creative side and to think outside the box.
He had a lust for life, an eclectic personality and a great sense of humor. He was always his own man and lived life his way, not worrying about what others thought. He was very generous (although a “frugal Dutchman” at heart), as well as unpredictable, eccentric, direct, and greatly appreciative of the element of surprise.
He loved the theater and played Elwood P. Dowd in the play Harvey, as well as acting in many other plays over the years. He loved fishing, boating, playing tennis and golf, and reading.
He embraced his passion for bronze statuary by co-founding the Pentwater-based “Lost and Foundry” with good friend Paul O’Grady.
He was a longtime member of the Pentwater Yacht Club, an active member of the Service Club of Pentwater and the Pentwater Tennis Club, and a founding member of the Artisan Learning Center in Pentwater.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol Ten Broek Petter, and his second wife, Rebetta Petter.
Survivors include three daughters, Jamie (Phil) Michael of Richland, Mich., Mindy (Tim) Pierson of Farmville, Va., and Stephanie (Rick) Garrett Burgaw, N.C.; three grandchildren; and step-children and their children, Arthur (Linda) Swanson of Burlington, Vt., Victoria Fish of Lindsay, Okla., and Dwight (Lynn) Swanson of Hart, Mich.
He was born in Camp Hill, Pa., and majored in music at the University of Michigan.
He was a veteran who served as a cryptanalyst in China, Burma and India during World War II, working on Japanese codes.
He resumed his studies at the University of Michigan after the war and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University. He toured and taught for many years as a violinist and conductor.
He served on the Hope faculty as professor of music from 1947 to 1975. He was dean for academic affairs from 1967 to 1975. While at Hope, he was the founding conductor of the Symphonette.
He was active in international education, serving as administrator or faculty member for programs in Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and England, and as a guest lecturer in Germany, Finland, South Korea and England.
In 1975 he became professor of music and dean of the School of Music at the University of Oregon, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of the Cultural Affairs Commission of Eugene, the board of governors and chair of the long-range planning committee of the University of Oregon Museum of Art, the board of directors of the Eugene Symphony and the Eugene Youth Symphony, and Rotary International.
For three years he hosted a musical talk show for Time-Life Television as well as several radio series.
In 1957 a serious interest in boating and the Great Lakes led him to start a small manufacturing company that did custom building for yachts and carried a retail line of yacht hardware and furniture.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Nigh Rider, on Sunday, May 13, 2007.
Survivors include his daughter, Rhonda Rider of Boston, Mass., who is coordinator of chamber music at The Boston Conservatory.
He was born in Zeeland, Mich., on Aug. 10, 1927, to William and Marian Schipper. He was a graduate of Zeeland High School, Hope and Michigan State University, where he earned a master’s degree.
He was a decorated veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was awarded two Bronze Stars with Oak Leaf Clusters for his service in Korea, the Republic of Korea Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and theatre ribbons.
He had been a teacher and administrator with the Holland Public Schools, and had served as director of adult education and community service in Holland. He was a publisher’s representative for Harper and Row Publishing Co. and vice president and general manager with Guide Inc., a Holland-based publisher of church school material. He on the staff at Hope from 1973 until retirement in 1989, serving first as director of the “Build Hope” Fund, subsequently as alumni director, and then as a regional advancement director. He was active as a volunteer on the college’s behalf both before joining the Hope staff and after retiring.
The college’s Alumni Association presented him with a “Resolution of Recognition and Appreciation” in 1986, and a Meritorious Service Award in 1997. During Homecoming in October 2004, he and Isla, along with two other couples--Lamont ’50 and Ruth DeGraaf ’50 Dirkse, and Philip ’50 and Ann Wolters ’50 Fredrickson--received recognition for their decades of service to the college, honored during the dedication ceremony for the sculpture “Wall Relief: Opus A” installed at Nykerk Hall of Music. In addition, Vern, Isla and their family established the Vernon J. ’51 and Isla R. ’50 Schipper Scholarship Fund at Hope.
A believer in service to others, he volunteered to help the schools he attended, his community and his church. Among his many community service activities, he was a member and officer of the Exchange Club and the Holland Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifelong member of the Reformed Church in America, serving as vice president of consistory, president of the Holland Classis, and member of the Board of Theological Education. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church. He loved to ski and served as director of the National Ski Patrol at Carousel Mountain, the former ski resort located near what is now Scenic Shores near Lake Michigan on Holland’s south side.
He was blessed with curiosity, a keen sense of humor, great friendships, love of a good debate, acceptance of people of differing backgrounds and beliefs, and a supportive wife of whom he was very proud.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Isla Streur ’50 Schipper; and three sons, Jim Schipper ’81 (Jane Frey) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Brian Schipper ’83 and his partner, Rick Lord, of Mountain View, Calif., and Steve Schipper ’87 of Key West, Fla.
Mlungisi, better known as Lungi, was born on Aug. 20, 1966, in Moscow to Maxwell Sisulu and Mercy Vuthela, two South African exiles studying in the then Soviet Union. At the age of five and speaking only Russian, he arrived in Soweto, South Africa, to stay with his grandmothers.
His schooling was constantly interrupted by the political turbulence of the 1980s. His primary school years were also disrupted by the June 1976 uprising and its aftermath. As a youth he joined the Congress of South African Students and also became chairman of the Dube branch of Soweto Youth Congress. In 1986 he was detained for nine months, jailed alongside his grandfather and uncle.
He joined South Africa’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1999 and served as First Secretary in the country’s embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. At the time of his death, he was First Secretary of South Africa’s embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.
In August 2007 he married Kundi Jangano in Khartoum. They had planned to have their official wedding celebration in South Africa in April 2008.
While attending Hope, Drs. Andrew and Jeanine Dell’Olio of the college’s faculty were his host family.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walter Sisulu, a leader of the South African freedom movement and a mentor of Nelson Mandela.
Survivors include his wife; his parents; four brothers; and his grandmother, Albertina Sisulu.
He was born on July 8, 1969, and graduated from Niles (Mich.) High School.
He studied chemistry at Hope and was a member of the Knickerbocker fraternity.
He had worked in administration at Niles Precision Company.
His study of chemistry led to his avocation in specialty brewing. His most notable work was with Bell’s Brewing in Kalamazoo. Additionally, he became nationally known in the art of brewing and published several articles.
He moved to Kalamazoo from Niles in 1992. He was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles.
He was an excellent chef and enjoyed gourmet cooking for his family and friends. He also loved and excelled at gardening.
Most important was his love for his daughter, Neve.
Survivors include his daughter, Neve Angelika Skalla; his parents, James and Betty Skalla of Niles; and two brothers and one sister, Jay (Cecilia) Skalla, Thomas Skalla and Karen (Eric)Vinnedge, all of Niles.
He was an industrial psychologist and owner of People Performance and Development.
He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Steenbergen.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Lucille DeRoo Steenbergen; his children, Lucinda (David) Richmond of Saline, Mich., and Janel (Raymond) VanArragon of Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandchildren; his mother, Blanche Steenbergen of Grand Rapids; his brother, Gordon Steenbergen of Holland, Mich.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Germaine Mallard and Raymond Ward Tardiff.
After graduating from Hope, he received a chemistry scholarship at The Ohio State University for graduate work.
He began his professional career in electroplating at Keeler Brass and Hanson, VanWinkle Munning in Grand Rapids, Mich. He transferred to the corporate offices in Matawan, N.J., in 1957 as equipment manager. In 1973 he transferred to Buehler Corporation in Indianapolis.
In 1977 he and two friends, a chemical engineer and an electrical engineer, formed the AEON Corporation, which designed and installed total electroplating systems. With his knowledge and experience in both chemistry and mechanical engineering, he was considered by his peers to be an expert in the electroplating business. He retired in 1987.
He was an avid outdoorsman, camper, sailor, hunter and fisherman. He loved to travel, having visited most of the states, Canada, Mexico, and parts of Europe. He never met a stranger.
As a lifelong Episcopalian, her served in many capacities from lay Eucharist minister to junior and senior wardens of the vestry, the governing body of the church. While living in New Jersey, he helped construct the Church of the Holy Communion in Fair Haven. He had a deep concern for the homeless and less fortunate, making several medical mission trips to Haiti and supporting local homeless shelters and free medical clinics.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Keeler Tardiff, and his son, Raymond Ward Tardiff.
Survivors include a beloved companion, Garnet Finn; his daughters, Marcia (Donald) Day and Melissa Tardiff; his sons, Michael (Caroline) Tardiff and Steven (Jennifer) Tardiff; his sister, Vivian Tardiff ’44 (Gerard ’44) Cook; and 11 grandchildren.
He was born in Holland on July 11, 1914, the youngest son of Melle and Treintje (Venhuis) ten Hoor. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1932 and from Calvin College in 1938. He earned an Ed.D. from the University of Michigan in 1963.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served from 1943 until 1946, commissioned as a second lieutenant.
He taught Latin at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., from 1938 until he was drafted in 1943. He taught at Hope from 1946 to 1979, when he retired as professor emeritus of English. His specialty was Shakespeare.
During his long life, he enjoyed many skills and interests. He was an accomplished baritone singer, and directed the choir at Maple Avenue Christian Reformed Church (CRC) for many years, where he was a longtime member and served on the consistory. He also served on the CRC Board of Publications. At the time of his death, he was a member of Pillar CRC.
He was a member of Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP) and did volunteer work for The Bridge, and for Holland Hospital, installing lifelines.
He was a self-taught artist who produced many fine wood carvings.
He married Beatrice Mae Visser ’34 in August 1940. She preceded him in death in 1986. He married Gertrude Alphenaar Versendaal, in 1988 and she preceded him in death in 1999. He was also preceded in death by six brothers and sisters: Hendrik, George (Gamt Jan), John (Jan), Sena (Gesina), Cora (Cornelia), and Lena.
Survivors include his daughters, Joan ten Hoor ’66 (James Dobson) of Solsberry, Ind., Lois ten Hoor ’70 (Russell) Sterenberg of Hillsboro, Ore., and Ellen ten Hoor ’72 (Kevin) Fitch of Saugatuck.; six grandchildren, including Matthew ’98 (Yuko) Sterenberg; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and Gertrude’s children, Kathleen (Jerry) Wittingen, Sherrill (Robert) Bredeweg, Glenda (Steven) Forsten, and Calvin (Sally) Versendaal.
She was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 19, 1939. She met and married her philosophy professor at Hope, Dr. John G. Utzinger. They were married in 1962 and moved to Kittitas Valley in Washington in 1963.
She had taught kindergarten in Michigan and sixth grade at the old Cascade School in Ellensburg. After raising her children, she worked a night shift at Twin City Foods for 11 years to help send her daughters to college. She retired from the company as a testing supervisor.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, John G. Utzinger, who taught philosophy at Hope from 1959 to 1963; her daughters, Marika (Larry) Fudacz and Andrea Utzinger (Tom Logan); three grandchildren; and her sister, Emelyn Curlee ’58 (John ’57) Winter.
He was a veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Vanden Brink.
Survivors include his sons, Barry (Kathy) Vanden Brink, Robert (Susanne) Vanden Brink, and Brian (Kathleen) Vanden Brink; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was born on July 16, 1930, in Holland to Stanley and Lena (Tiesinga) Curtis and graduated from Holland High School in 1948.
She taught second grade in Lansing, Mich., and Holland.
She was a member of Christ Memorial Church and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a former Tulip Time klompen dancer. Sailing and gardening were her passions. She enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing, backpacking, and croquet.
She married John “Jack” Ewart in 1954 and later they divorced. In 1991 she married Arthur Van Houten, who preceded her in death in 2006.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Van Houten, in 2006.
Survivors include her daughters, Claire (Tom Herr) Ewart of Fort Wayne, Ind., Gwen (Bob) Ewart-Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif., and Julie (Cindy Freeman) Ewart of Marion, Ind.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Curtis ’42 (Harold ’42) Dykema of St. Charles, Mich.; her brother, Robert S. Curtis ’41 of Holland; step-children, Karen (Greg) Dykema of Hudsonville, Mich., Kevin (Erica) Van Houten of Detroit, Mich., Mike (Kathy) Van Houten of California, and John (Marilyn) Van Houten of Big Rapids, Mich.; and three step-grandchildren.
She was born on March 20, 1947, in Elizabeth, N.J. In addition to graduating from Hope, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
She was a physical therapist in Boston, Mass., at the French Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., and at the San Francisco Community and Central Gardens Convalescent Hospitals before relocating to Wenatchee.
She was a gifted physical therapist, homemaker and member of P.E.O.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Erma Andrews.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Williams; her daughter, Caroline Williams of Wenatchee; her brother, Paul Andrews of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one niece.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 8, 1932.
Survivors include his wife, Adrienne Ericson Winberg; his daughter, Lauren Altschuler; and one grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Winstrom.
Survivors include his children, Carol Moskowitz, William L. (Leilani) Winstrom, and Leon (Emily) Winstrom Jr.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a veteran who served as an officer on the USS Texas during World War II.
After graduating from Hope, he earned an M.B.A. at the University of Michigan. He served in leadership positions in government and non-profit and church organizations.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Winter, and his brothers, Dick, John and William Winter.
Survivors include his children, Beth Williams, Fred Winter Jr., Dick (Deborah) Winter, and Bob (Carrie) Winter; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and extended family.
He graduated from Holland High School. While attending Hope, he played basketball and was a member of the Knickerbocker Society.
He was employed at Brouwer Furniture as president and owner from 1950 to 1979, and at MTA Travel as director of marketing from 1980-1996.
He served on many community boards, including Holland Chamber of Commerce (chair in 1966), Holland Community Hospital (12 years), Community Action House (founding board member), and West Michigan Clinical Lab.
He was a member of Hope Church and Holland Country Club and a past member of the Holland Rotary Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Brouwer ’47 Zuverink, last May.
Survivors include his children, Deborah (Ed) Bloom of Rockford, Mich. and Timothy Zuverink ’77 of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren; his siblings, Gordon (Mary) Zuverink of Holland, George Jr. (Betty) Zuverink of Arizona, Vernon ’58 (Ina Mae) Zuverink of Grand Haven, Mich., and Bernice Dokter of Georgia; and his sister-in-law, Marjorie Brouwer ’43 Lumsden of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.