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June 2008 Obituaries

James D. Adams '40

Elaine Ter Haar '49 Van Liere Baxter

Daniel D. Beatty '47

Henrietta Bast '38 Bonnette

Pauline Potter '35 Borr

Alice Brunsting

Emajean (Pat) Cook

Lillian Mulder '35 Dalman

John DeJong '53

Monte C. Dyer '54

Lois VanderMeulen '36 Ellert

M. Egerton "Jim" Gray '41

Jack Hendricks '71

Diane Hoefle '74

Carolyn Holloway

Angelyn VanLente '37 Jalving

Thomas F. Joseph '50

Walter T. Kennedy '49

Lois Ketel '34 Kinkema

Walter Kline '50

Dorothy Parker '37 Luyendyk

Sara (Sally) Puehl '66 Moerdyk

Emily G. Bielefeld '41 Mouw

George A. Plakke '38

James V. Poledink '04

Glenn E. Pride '72

Jeanne Ver Beek '51 Ritsema

Ernest Ross '50

Allen Lee Ruiter '63

Julie Moulds '85 Rybicki

Genevieve (Gene) Van Kolken '36 Te Roller Schadler

Roger L. Schut '60

Blanche Decker '44 Scruggs

Marie Buttlar '49 Sparling

Lloyd H. TerBorg '50

Martha Morgan '40 Thomas

Thomas Thompson '60

Andrew Van Slot '49

Alvina Ketelhut '49 Veltman

Collins D. Weeber '53

Andrew F. Zimmerman '51


James D. Adams ’40 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. He was 89.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., to Gertrude Van Tatenhove Dykhuis and Samuel Dykhuis on April 29, 1918. After the death of his father, he was raised by his mother and step-father, Maurice Adams, in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

After graduating from Hope, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon completing flight training, he was assigned to the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, Fourth Photographic Group. He quickly rose to the rank of major and was given command of the squadron. He conducted more than 50 missions in the South Pacific during World War II and was honorably discharged at the end of the war.

He married Colorado Springs native Mary Kay Simpson on March 12, 1946.

His arrival in Colorado Springs marked the beginning of an exciting and distinguished career. He first worked in the family business, Simpson & Company and Robinson Grain Company. Next he managed the Coca-Cola Bottling Company during its transition in location from Cascade Avenue to West Pikes Peak Avenue. The majority of his career was spent building his own businesses. He founded and was president of J.D. Adams Company, a truss plate and steel culvert manufacturing firm. In addition, he pioneered the prefabricated truss industry, founded the National Truss Plate Institute, founded and was a charter member of the Manufacturers’ Association of Colorado Springs, and was president of the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association.

For more than half a century, the Colorado Springs community was enriched by his service. He was chairman of the Airport Advisory Commission at the time when the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport had its rapid expansion in the late 1970s. He also served as president of the United Way and director of the Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he served as director of Affiliated Bankshares of Colorado Inc., director of the First National Bank of Colorado Springs, president of the El Paso Club, and president of the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club. He was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving on its vestry and on the board of trustees for the Diocese of Colorado Episcopal Church.

He was an avid skier, aviation enthusiast, horseback rider, and member of the Pikes Peak Range Riders. Until his dying day, he was accompanied everywhere by his little four-legged friend, Scooter. He loved Colorado and all of its natural beauty. One cause in which he participated was the preservation of the open space now known as the Stratton Reserve. He continued to appreciate all of Colorado’s beauty, especially the Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Canyon, and the many long vistas found throughout the state.

He had the unique ability to make every person he associated with feel valued and appreciated. This contributed to his success as an employer, community leader, parent and husband. Growing up, each of his children felt he or she was the most important. While he loved them all immensely, the true special one was his wife, Kay.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Adams ’52 DeYoung of Friesland, Wis.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Kay Adams; five children, Elizabeth Zeidler, Thomas Adams and Frederick Adams, all of Colorado Springs, Sally Howard of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Lindsay Van Keuren of Parker, Colo.; five sons- and daughters-in-law, Larry Zeidler, Tina Adams, Nancy Adams, Dan Howard and Richard Van Keuren; and 11 grandchildren.


Elaine Ter Haar ’49 Van Liere Baxter of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. She was 82.

She was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Holland, where she grew up and raised two children.

She worked for many years at Hope College and at Shanty Creek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Baxter.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Guy) Taflinger of Bedford, Texas, and William (Shelly) Van Liere of Grand Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren; and her sisters, Carolyn (Ed) Boeve and Jean (Gus) Vanden Berg. She is also survived by her dear friend, Mark Squires, who kept her young and full of laughter.


Daniel D. Beatty ’47 of Manhattan, Kan., died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. He was 89.

He was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Elrod, S.D., the son of Francis and Edith N. Braga Beatty. He had been a resident of Manhattan since 1956.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific from 1941 to 1945 and remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of commander.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree in 1949 from the University of Michigan, and carried out additional post graduate studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from 1952 to 1953.

He was an associate professor at William Jewel College from 1949 to 1952; instructor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, from 1952 to 1953; assistant executive secretary of the Kansas Citizens Committee on Assessment Equalization in Topeka, Kansas, from 1953-1954; budget analyst and assistant to the chairman, Kansas Senate Committee of Ways and Means from 1953 to 1954; business manager at Kansas State University (KSU) from 1956 to 1972; and vice president for business affairs at KSU from 1972 until he retired in June of 1984 as vice president/professor emeritus.

In 2005 he was honored with the KSU Student Union Vision Award. He was a director of Friends (KSU) Beach Museum of Art from 1989 to 1995, and had been a member of the museum’s advisory committee since 1995. He was an active member of the Manhattan Rotary Club, which he served as president from 1967 to 1968. He was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow in 2002.

He was city commissioner of Manhattan from 1963 to 1965; director of First National Bank from 1972 to 1983; trustee of Riley County Memorial Hospital from 1961 to 1963; and director of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce from 1964 to 1966.

He was a member of Central Association of College and University Business Officers; College and University Personnel Association; and President’s Club, KSU Foundation.

He served as treasurer of the Flint Hills Bread Basket in the 1980s. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Manhattan and the Manhattan Country Club.

He was an avid golfer, trout fisherman, bridge player and reader.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Harriet Beatty in 1989 and Lois Beatty in 1997, and two sisters, Elvira Stoll and Nellie Bishop.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Beatty; three daughters, Edith Hodgson of Little River, Kan., Rebecca Avery of Olsburg, Kan., and Margaret Baier of Dusseldorf, Germany; and two grandsons.


Henrietta Bast ’38 Bonnette of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, April 27, 2008. She was 92.

She was born in Crystal River, Fla., in 1915 to Hendrina VanLonkhuizen and Martin John Bast Jr.

She graduated from Fennville High School and Hope College.

She enjoyed a long career as an exemplary teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Holland. Following retirement, she continued to work as a volunteer aid at both Lincoln and Washington schools.

As a longtime member of Third Reformed Church, she devoted her life to serving God and others. Her other passions included gardening, the arts, and HASP (Hope Academy of Senior Professionals).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gleon Bonnette ’39, and a son, James Bonnette.

Survivors include her children, David ’62 (Louise) Bonnette of Riverside, Ill., Thomas ’71 (Dianne) Bonnette of Oneida, Wis., Mark (Lynne) Bonnette of Holland, Julie (Fred) Galley of Berthoud, Colo., John (Joanne) Bonnette of Shoreline, Minn., and Stephen (Jodi) Bonnette of Singapore; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Jennie Bell of Seattle, Wash.; Joan TenCate ’63 Bonnette of South Haven, Mich., Julie Weaver ’78 Bonnette of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.


Pauline Potter ’35 Borr of Portage, Mich., died on Sunday, April 6, 2008. She was 94.

She was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Lennox, S.D., the daughter of Herman and Gesiena (Plescher) Potter.

She taught in the Kalamazoo Public School system for 15 years.

She was a member of Lakeland Reformed Church, and was a volunteer for many activities, including the Kalamazoo Symphony.

On June 20, 1941, she married Harold Borr, who preceded her in death on April 14, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Potter ’40 Joldersma and Jean Nieuwsma; and her brother, Eugene Potter.

Survivors include two sons, Ron (Ro) Borr of Portage and Douglas (Julia) Borr of Hallandale Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Eunice Potter ’45 Coffman of Detroit, Mich.


Sympathy is extended to the family of
Alice Brunsting of Stuart, Fla., who died on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. She was 87.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Brunsting, who served on Hope’s Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1981, and a daughter, Carol A. Brunsting ’71.

Survivors include her children, Albert Brunsting ’67 and Bernace Brunsting ’68 De Young; and a granddaughter, Erin L. DeYoung ’92.


Sympathy is extended to the family of
Emajean (Pat) Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich., who died on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. She was 93.

Born in 1915, Pat was a native of Grand Rapids, graduating from Lee High School in 1933. She worked at Interstate and Associated Truck as a secretary and at the Grand Rapids Gas Company as a teller. On November 8, 1940, she married Peter C. Cook, and with the arrival of their sons, Tom and Stephen, made her career that of wife and mother.

A lifelong member of Grace Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., Pat was baptized, made her confession of faith, and was married at Grace, when the congregation was at its original location at Caulfield and B Street, Grand Rapids. Over her lifetime, she was active in the church’s choir as well as in its work with youth, young couples, and women’s organizations.

In addition to her church activities, Pat served on the board of the Welcome Home for the Blind, the Blodgett Hospital Guild, and the Porter Hills Auxiliary. Despite the demands on her time outside the home, she always maintained her focus on home and family, particularly in support of her husband.

Her public life was notable for her initiative and active participation in their many philanthropic gifts to their church, West Michigan schools and colleges, and the medical, artistic, and benevolent causes of the community.

The involvement of Peter and Pat Cook in the life of Hope College has included establishing the Peter and Emajean Cook Scholarship Fund and the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Endowed Professorship. Cook Hall, which was dedicated in 1997, and Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center are named in honor of them.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 67 years, include their sons, Thomas M. ’67 (Marcia) Cook and Stephen J. (Betty) Cook; three grandchildren, including Ryan ’96 (Jessica) Cook; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Marciel (John) Kett; two brothers-in-law, Bob Cook of Pineville, La., and Roger (Arlene) Cook of Grand Rapids; a sister-in-law, Jean Rivenburgh ’50 Cook of Holland, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.


Lillian Mulder ’35 Dalman of Douglas, Mich., died on Saturday, March 8, 2008. She was 95.

She was born in Holland, Mich., to Riekes and Jane Mulder. She attended Holland Public schools and graduated from Hope.

She taught kindergarten in the Holland Public Schools for several years.

She and her late husband, Andrew Dalman ’34, moved to Douglas in 1973, where they were members of Douglas Community Church. She was a life member of the Saugatuck Women’s Club, the Douglas Garden Club, Steketee Chapter of Quester’s Club, the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society, and the Second Century Club at Hope.

She was a tireless volunteer for many causes, notably the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. She was instrumental in organizing the original “Mother’s March,” having survived polio in 1951.

She took great pride in her adopted community of Saugatuck/Douglas. She worked on the Saugatuck lighting committee, the Lakeshore Preservation committee and the Christmas ornament committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dalman ’34, in 1973.

Survivors include her four children and their life partners, Junia Dalman ’63 (Gus) Querio of Mt. Clemens, Mich., John Dalman ’69 and Dan Vander Schaaf ’70 of Douglas, Mich., Jane Dalman Dykstra of Holland, and Ginger (Jim) Felts of Ganges, Mich.; five grandchildren, including Annica Euvard ’92 (Philip ’92) Waalkes and Aimee Euvard ’98 (Eric) Terry; seven great-granchildren; in-laws, LaVerne C. Dalman ’28, George Vanderhill ’42, and Barb Dalman, all of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.


John De Jong ’53 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, May 1, 2008. He was 81.

He was born in Holland and graduated from Holland High School and Hope. He also attended the University of Michigan while working on his master’s degree.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served on Iwo Jima during World War II.

He retired from Fremont (Mich.) High School after teaching in both the Fremont and Holland public schools.

He served on the Fremont city council from 1970 to 1980 and as mayor of the city from 1980 to 1983.

He was preceded in death by his son, John De Jong Jr., on April 3, 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rose De Jong; his daughter, Sandra De Jong-Jones of Holland; and nieces and nephews.


Word has been received of the death of
Monte C. Dyer ’54 of Holland, Mich., who died on Friday, March 14, 2008. He was 76.


Lois VanderMeulen ’36 Ellert of Wichita, Kan., died on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. She was 93.

She was a graduate of Holland High School and Hope.

She was a retired teacher.

Hope honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Ellert, her parents, Cornelius and Mable Harper VanderMeulen, and a brother, John VanderMeulen ’35.

Survivors include her children, John of Wichita, Edward of Tampa, Fla., and Lucinda of Reading, Mass.; and one granddaughter.


M. Egerton “Jim” Gray ’41 of South Orleans, Mass., died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. He was 88.

He was born in Metuchen, N.J. In addition to graduating from Hope, he attended Columbia University.

He worked for Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, for 35 years.

He and his family resided in Bedminster, N.J., until he retired to the Cape in 1979.

He was a member of the Waterways Improvement and Shellfish Advisory committees. An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed shell fishing and vegetable gardening. He could often be seen in his Jeep at one of the local beaches with his Labrador at his side.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Gray; his sister, Adelaide Morse of Perrysburg, Ohio; two children, James Gray of Harwich, Mass., and Suzanna Gray of Orleans; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Jack Hendricks ’71 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, April 10, 2008. He was 59.

He was publisher of The Flashes, after years as sales representative and general manager. He created and published Holland’s first independent phone book. He retired as director of development for the Holland Rescue Mission.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Nancy Bogue ’68 Hendricks; two children, Amy (Curt) Echols and Beth (Eric) Medemar; and four grandchildren.


Diane Hoefle ’74 of Tumwater, Wash., died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008. She was 55.

She was born Sept. 28, 1952, in Easton, Pa. She was raised in Ann Arbor, Mich., and graduated from Pioneer High School, where she was a good student and participated in many activities, including being concertmistress for the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra and being a Hockette.

She lived in the Olympia, Wash., area for the past 22 years.

Survivors include her beloved son, Andrew Peck, a student at the University of Washington; her parents, Milt and Ann Hoefle of Ann Arbor; her sisters, Sheryl and Pat; and her brothers, Brian and Gary.


Sympathy is extended to the family of
Carolyn Holloway of New York City, who died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. She was 65.

She was pastor of DeWitt Reformed Church, where she had served since 1995, and was chairperson of the RCA African American Council. She was the first African American woman to preach at an RCA General Synod.

She joined Hope’s Board of Trustees in 2004 but resigned that same year because of her health. She delivered the college’s Baccalaureate sermon on Sunday, May 2, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace D. Holloway.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Owens, Patrice Holloway, Dennis Holloway and Robert Holloway; and eight grandchildren.


Word has been received of the death of
Angelyn VanLente ’37 Jalving of Cerritos, Calif., who died on Wednesday, Sept., 26, 2007. She
was 92.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. Jalving ’38.


Thomas F. Joseph ’50 of Placentia, Calif., died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. He was 84.

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

He graduated from Hope and earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University. He was an elementary school teacher and administrator in Michigan and in Whittier, Calif., retiring in 1985.

He devoted his life to his family and his career. Following his retirement, he was a substitute teacher for several years. He had a great love for children and was well known for his hugs.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard, and sisters Edna, Ruth and Anna.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Millie Joseph; their children, Ron (Jody) Joseph and Pam (Steve) Sowers; three grandchildren; and his dear older brother and mentor, Edward (Betty) Joseph.


Walter T. Kennedy ’49 of Bellaire, Mich., died on Thursday, March 13, 2008. He was 83.

He was born on Park Avenue in New York City to Thomas Kennedy and Anna (Mahon) Kennedy on Oct. 2, 1924.

He grew up in New York City and Hasbrouk Heights, N.J.

A veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 18 and served in the PT Boat division in World War II.

He was a teacher at Central Junior High School in Saginaw, Mich., for 38 years. He also coached football, basketball and track with many award-winning teams. He was a sports Sage of Michigan.

He earned a master’s degree plus 60 hours at Michigan State University.

After retirement, he enjoyed time with family and friends. He and his wife moved to their cottage on Clam Lake in Bellaire, Mich., and also spent many winters in Royal Palm Beach with their daughter.

His sense of humor and loving ways will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He was a devoted husband and father, a loving grandparent and friend, and an all-around good man.

He was preceded in death by his brother Tommy Kennedy.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carol Hermance ’48 Kennedy; four children, Michael Kennedy (Julia James) of Minneapolis, Minn., Kathleen (Michael) Brush of Freeland, Mich., Laura (Timothy) Miller of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Kevin Kennedy of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Gwen Kennedy and Nancy Grab; his brother-in-law, Myron ’50 (Alice VanZoeren ’51) Hermance; and nieces and nephews.


Lois Ketel ’34 Kinkema of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. She was 95.

She was the only child of the late Henry and Alice (Hulsebos) Ketel.

She worked as a school teacher for several years.

She was a very active and longtime member of Bethany Reformed Church and was the former president of the Board of World Missions for the Reformed Church in America.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Henry Kinkema ’36; three children, Robert (Lucille) Kinkema of Lincoln Park, Mich., Joan Hall of Bay City, Mich., and David (Pam) Kinkema of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.


Walter Kline ’50 of Saint John, Ind., died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. He was 84.

He served Reformed Church in America churches in Berne and West Berne, N.Y.; Brunswick, Ohio; Sanborn, Iowa; and Kankakee, Ill. He later served as a hospital chaplain in Oak Forest, Ill., and as a visitation pastor in South Holland, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Kline.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kline; his children Paul Kline, and Christine Nieuwsma; his step-children, Louis Masciotra and Jim Masciotra; and five grandchildren.


Dorothy Parker ’37 Luyendyk of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Muskegon, Mich., died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. She was 92.

She was born in Rutland, Vt., and attended Rutland High School, Green Mountain Junior College, Hope and Western Michigan University. At her graduation ceremony from Hope, she spoke on the topic of careers for women.

She was a public school teacher who taught grades one through 12, and was also a wonderful wife and role model for her children.

Survivors include her husband, William Luyendyk; their children, Roberta Luyendyk ’68 (Philip) Trine, Robert ’72 (Jean Maring ’72) Luyendyk, and Charles Luyendyk ’73; six grandchildren, Kristen (Scott) Shacklett, Jennifer (Bryan) Hall, James (Elizabeth) Luyendyk, Karen Luyendyk, Carl Luyendyk, and Erin Luyendyk; seven great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Abby, Olivia, Ethan and Delaney Shacklett, and Jackson and Anderson Hall; and her sister, Roberta Gouchoe.


Sara (Sally) Puehl ’66 Moerdyk of Lansing, Mich., died on Sunday, March 2, 2008. She was 63.

She was born June 1, 1944, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Charles W. and Dorothy P. (Paine) Puehl.

She taught English for several years in Carleton, Mich., and then stayed home to raise her son, Brian. For the past 10 years she was employed by the Michigan Center for Truck Safety.

She was a faithful member of Immanuel Community Reformed Church for many years, serving in many capacities, including in the choir and as a Sunday school teacher and an ordained deacon. She was active in Lansing Christian Services. She truly served her God and community, emulating a life of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Moerdyk; their son, Brian (Claudia Clark) Moerdyk of San Bruno, Calif.; her sister, Lois Puehl ’59 (Don) Ohl of Byron Center, Mich.; her brother, Carl (Nancy) Puehl of Saginaw, Mich.; and five nieces and nephews.


Emily Geneva Bielefeld ’41 Mouw of Holland, Mich., peacefully entered into the eternal joy of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 24, 2008. She has kept the faith and has now received the crown of righteousness. She was 88.

Born to Albert and Carrie Bielefeld and raised in Holland, Mich., Emily graduated from Holland High School and Hope College. She taught English, Latin, and speech at Saranac and Lee high schools, as well as elementary education in the Holland and West Ottawa public schools.

Emily was the beloved wife of the Rev. Henry A. Mouw ’40, who preceded her in death in 2003. Together they served the Reformed Church in America for more than 60 years. They also enjoyed hosting several European tours which frequently included their family as well. In addition to raising three daughters, she was actively involved in many church and community activities.

Emily was a vibrant Christian who loved the Lord with her entire being and gave God the praise, honor and glory for His steadfast faithfulness. She was a Christian witness to many people by the life that she lived and the words she would share. She was also a gracious hostess to international students from both Western Theological Seminary and Hope College.

Emily was a most dear and precious mother and grandmother who delighted in spending time with her family. She created endearing and enduring memories through the sharing of genealogy, her love of nature, and family vacations. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Together, Emily and her husband have established “The Reverend Henry A. and Emily G. Mouw Endowed Scholarship Fund” to assist students in their junior year who plan to further their education in a seminary upon their graduation from Hope College. They have also created “The Rev. Henry A. and Emily G. Mouw Endowed Scholarship Fund for International Students” at Western Theological Seminary.

Survivors include her three daughters, Carole Mouw ’70 DeVos of Holland; Mary Mouw ’72 of Zeeland, Mich.; and Barbara Mouw ’76 (Richard) Poppe of Holland; two grandchildren, Aaron ’02 (Afton) DeVos of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Emily DeVos of Crestwood, Ill.; her sisters, Dorothy Bielefeld (Harold) De Roo of Holland and Elaine Bielefeld ’46 Walchenbach of Grand Rapids; a sister-in-law, Marlys Pennings of Orange City, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Clifford (Shirley) Mouw of Orange City; and several nieces and nephews.


George A. Plakke ’38 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, April 25, 2008. He was 92.

He was a veteran who served at the Pentagon during World War II.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for more than 60 years.

He was dearly loved and will be missed greatly by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Plakke; three children, David Plakke of New York City, Susan Rowe of Rockford, Mich., and Bette Gannon of Grand Rapids, Mich.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and in-laws Bob and Marian Wiley.


James V. Poledink ’04 of Millington, Mich., formerly of Detroit, Mich., died on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. He was 26.

He was born in Detroit on July 31, 1981, the son of Francis and Bonnie Poledink, and grew up in the Detroit area. He was a graduate of De La Salle High School.

He was an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who honorably served in the U.S. Navy for three years as an operational specialist.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his brother, Jon Poledink; one nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


Glenn E. Pride ’72 of Saint Simons Island, Ga., died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. He was 57.

He was born in Nashville, Tenn., and graduated from Peabody Demonstration School in Nashville. He majored in organ performance at Hope, and completed a graduate degree in sacred music at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.

He served as director of music and organist at Saint Simons Presbyterian Church since 2000. During his 34-year career in music he also served First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, Ga.; First Presbyterian Church of Bartlesville, Okla.; First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, Ga.; and First Presbyterian Church of Douglasville, Ga.

He was a member of Rotary International in Dalton, Bartlesville and St. Simons Island. He was also a member of the American Guild of Organists. He served as artistic director of the Island Concert Association of St. Simons Island.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne; two step-children, Jeff and Valerie Squillario of Atlanta, Ga., and Lee and Jason Nicholls of St. Simons Island; four step-grandchildren; his parents, Edward and Jean Pride of College Grove, Tenn.; and two brothers, David (Sherry) Pride of College Grove and Patrick (Lanita) Pride of Crossville, Tenn. Other survivors include Sue and Russell Smith of Stuart, Va., Steve and Marie Simmons of Mount Airy, N.C., Charles and Jane Simmons of Clarkesville, Va., David and Pam Simmons of Richmond, Va., and nieces and nephews.


Jeanne Ver Beek ’51 Ritsema of Orange City, Iowa, died on Saturday, April 5, 2008. She was 78.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1929, in Byron Center, Mich., the daughter of John and Irene (Haan) Ver Beek. The family later moved to Muskegon, Mich., where she graduated from high school with honors and had a reputation as an outstanding young pianist.

She and her husband, Herbert Ritsema ’50, met at Hope and were married on Nov. 24, 1951, in Holland, Mich. Jeanne then taught school while Herb was in the military. She taught in Grand Rapids, Mich., and subsequently in Orange City, where the family moved in 1961. She later worked in the library at Northwestern College. She also gave piano lessons and assisted her husband in his position as minister of music at the First Reformed Church. They played the organ and piano together for many weddings and funerals, as well as worship services, and Jeanne directed the church’s women’s chorus. As a member of the church, she belonged to the Ruth Circle and taught Sunday school and catechism classes. Her gift of hospitality was well known in the church and the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant siblings.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include three sons, Douglas (Karen) Ritsema of Hutchinson, Minn., David Ritsema (Linda Vander Maten) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Randall (Shelly) Ritsema of Orange City; five grandchildren; two brothers, John ’56 (Margery Addis ’56) Ver Beek and Carl ’59 (Sandra Dressel ’59) Ver Beek; and two foster sons, Dale Walbran and Randy Colsrud, and their families.


Ernest Ross ’50 of Suffern, N.Y., died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. He was 84.

He was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Nyack, N.Y., to Ernest and Eunice Ross.

He was a veteran and POW of World War II who served in the U.S. Army 104th Infantry Division (“Timberwolves”) and participated in the invasion of Europe.

He worked as an analytical chemist at American Home Products in Pearl River, N.Y., for 37 years.

He loved being outdoors and enjoyed sports, especially gold, skiing, and track and field. He was a three-time track gold medalist in the Empire Senior Games in New York.

A man of strong faith, he was a member of St. Philip’s Ministry in Paterson, N.J., and he was a former member of the Everittstown and Pattenburg United Methodist churches in New Jersey and the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

He was a member of the Hudson Valley AX-POW, an organization for prisoners of war.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hatala and Ella Ross.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the Rev. Adma Ross, who is the former pastor of the Everittstown and Pattenburg United Methodist churches; two daughters, Sarah Ross of Airmont, N.Y., and Carolyn Ross of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and his sister, Ann Furman of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.


Allen Lee Ruiter ’63 of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He was 67.

He was born Nov. 18, 1940, in Muskegon, Mich., to Albert and Margaret (Dood) Ruiter. He was a 1959 graduate of Muskegon Heights High School. He married his now-former wife, Jane M. Sasse, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., in 1964. He attended Hope, where he was a member of the H-Club, and later graduated from Mankato State College in 1965. He resided in the Tri-Cities area for 32 years.

During his career, he worked for the American Medical Association in Chicago, the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical School research laboratory, A. Ruiter Ltd. in Spring Lake Township, and Microbionetics of New York.

He was a longtime member of Christ Community Church in Spring Lake, where he previously served as elder, deacon, Eucharistic Minister and Stephen Minister.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his dear Sarah Jane Essebaggers of Grand Haven; his daughter, Linda Ruiter ’87 (Douglas) Verellen of Traverse City, Mich.; his son, John ’91 (Jennifer Steeby ’91) Ruiter of Holland, Mich.; six grandchildren; a brother, William (Kathy) Ruiter of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews.


Julie Moulds ’85 Rybicki of Delton, Mich., died on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, following a 16-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 46.

She was a native of North Muskegon, Mich., and a graduate of Hope. She published her poetry collection The Woman with a Cubed Head in 1998 (Inland Seas) and wrote about her experiences as a cancer survivor in her blog, “Dancing with Cancer Down to Dust” (www.dancingwithcancerdowntodustblogspot.com).

She taught writing at Western Michigan University, where she received her master’s degree in poetry, and at Comstock Alternative High School. She also often taught writing workshops with her husband, John Rybicki. His latest book of poems, We Bed Down Into Water, deals extensively with Julie’s illness.

Julie collaborated with composer Stephan Moore on Baba Yaga: The Russian Witch, an operetta inspired by Slavic fairy tales that was produced at Western Michigan University in 1996. She had recently been gathering material for a study on the similarities in the poems of her idol Edward Lear and those of Irish poet James Clarence Mangan, as well as preparing a chamber-opera version of Baba Yaga.

Survivors include her husband, John; their son, Martel, a junior at Delton Kellogg High School; her parents, Dave and Angie Moulds; her sisters, Brenda Beerhorst and Sue Love; her brother, Tony Moulds; and many nieces and nephews.


Genevieve (Gene) Van Kolken ’36 Te Roller Schadler of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, April 24, 2008. She was 93.

She was born Nov. 3, 1914, to Richard and Marie (Blum) Van Kolken. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Te Roller ’35, whom she met in the 10th grade, on June 26, 1937, and they moved to Saint Joseph, Mich.

She worked with Don, setting up and developing Home Furnace Co. (later Home Heating and Air Conditioning Co.) in Saint Joseph. It was a business that started small and grew from working out of garages behind their house on Church St. to their building on Ship St. After he had a heart attack in 1973, they spent a couple of winters in Florida and then made it their home. They traveled back to Michigan during the summers to visit their children.

They were members of Berrien Hills Country Club, First United Methodist Church and Silver Springs Presbyterian Church. They both loved to play golf. After 45 years of marriage, Don died in 1982.

She married Marvin “Red” Schadler of Saint Joseph a few years later. She returned to her roots in 1993 after Red died, moving to Freedom Village in Holland.

Her first love was playing the piano. She accompanied Betty Burgoyne, who told the stories of many Broadway shows and sang all of the songs. They performed for many years at service groups all over southwest Michigan. At Freedom Village she played the piano in a small band at holiday times and for residents at the Inn.

She also loved to play marathon bridge, work crossword puzzles, crochet, and put together large puzzles.

She was strong in her faith and attended Christ Memorial Church in Holland.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Preston Van Kolken ’34, and a sister, Mary Davis.

Survivors include her children, Mary Ellyn (Keith) Stewart of Plainwell, Mich., Spriggs (Donald) ’64 (Joan) Te Roller of Caledonia, Mich., and Stephen (Cherie) Te Roller of South Bend, Ind.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Barbara (Earl) Huyser of Lawrence, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Lois Tallis of Dowagiac, Mich., and Dorothy Neher of Sun City, Ariz.; a special niece, June (George) Prins of Holland; and many other nieces and nephews.


Roger L. Schut ’60 of Hudsonville, Mich., died on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He was 74.

He was born Dec. 21, 1933.

He was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Robert Smith and Richard VanOss.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Schut; their children, Kevin (Mary Ann) Schut; Cheryl Schut; David (Nadine) Schut; and Susan (Douglas) Koning; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Robert ’54 (Sally) Schut and Roland ’60 (Donna) Schut; his sisters, Barb (Bernie) Fralick and Kay Smith; a brother-in-law, Fred (Mary) LaHuis; and sisters-in-law, Mary (Wes) Sikkema, Jean (Al) Curtis, and Ruth VanOss.


Blanche Decker ’44 Scruggs of Tampa, Fla, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. She was 84.

She was born and raised in Michigan and had resided in Tampa since 1947.

She retired after teaching 22 years in the Hillsborough County school system.

She was a member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, a past matron of Tampa Chapter 11 Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Greater Tampa Showmen’s Association.

Survivors include her son, Robert (Vicki) Scruggs; her daughters, Susan Howe and Gerry (Dwight) Glisson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Marie Buttlar ’49 Sparling of Glens Falls, N.Y., died on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. She was 80.

She was born June 4, 1927, in New York City, the daughter of Richard and Marjorie Sargent Buttlar. She was valedictorian of her class at Warwick High School. She married Leon Harry Sparling ’48 on July 8, 1950, at the Dutch Reformed Church in Warwick. He preceded her in death last year.

For many years she was director of adult education programs for the South Glens Falls Central School District and Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex County BOCES.

She was an avid cook, an accomplished rug hooker, and a doting mother and grandmother.

She was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls and in AAUW.

Survivors include her sons, Tobin Sparling and his partner, Michael Mistric, of Houston, Texas, and Reed (Pauline) Sparling of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; two grandchildren; one sister, Jeanne Stage of Orleans, Mass.; and two nieces.


Lloyd H. TerBorg ’50 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. He was 79.

He was born in Muskegon on May 3, 1928, to Herman and Catherine (Hopma) TerBorg. While growing up and attending Muskegon High School, he held the position of first-chair trumpet all three years in attendance. He also enjoyed playing the trumpet at many local churches with his sister, Marian, during the 1940s.

In addition to graduating from Hope, he earned a master’s degree from Wayne State Univeristy.

On Nov. 7, 1952, he married the former Mary Louise Hundersmarck.

He was a veteran who served the U.S. Army as a master sergeant.

He taught for 32 years in the Muskegon Public Schools before retiring in 1983. He had also served a treasurer for the Muskegon Public Schools Credit Union.

He was a member of the Michigan and National Retired Teachers associations, the American Legion Post 69, and Lake Harbor United Methodist Church.

He and his wife had wintered for 20 years in Las Vegas, Nev. They enjoyed traveling and had been to all 50 states, Australia, New Zealand, and many European countries.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Louise TerBorg; four daughters, Dianne (Greg) McCormick of Fort Wayne, Ind., Linda (Matthew) Godden of Middlebury, Ind., Ellen (Marco) Bianchi of Cape Coral, Fla., and Gayle (Brad) DuPrey of Muskegon; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Marian TerBorg ’48 (George ’48) Toren; and one brother-in-law, Robert (Donna) Hundersmarck.


Martha Morgan ’40 Thomas of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. She was 90.

She was born in Springfield, Mass., and raised in Herkimer, N.Y. She moved to Holland to attend Hope College, where she met her husband, Don Thomas ’38.

Besides her family, her greatest joy was teaching. She taught at Longfellow and Lakeview elementary schools in Holland, where she was loved and respected by colleagues, students and parents alike.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Don Thomas ’38; a grandson, Jon Davis Miller; and two brothers, Emery Morgan ’44 and Bud Morgan ’42.

Survivors include her children, Judyth Thomas ’66, Janet Thomas ’76 and John (Deborah) Thomas, all of Holland, and James ’68 (Karen) Thomas of Cape Coral, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Herb ’55 (Joan) Morgan of Noblesville, Ind.; a sister, Myrtle (Bob) Butler of Johnstown, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Florence Morgan of Clinton, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Thomas Thompson ’60 of Lutz, Fla., died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. He was 69.

He grew up in a working-class family in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the first person in his family to attend college. He started teaching grade school while he was still a student.

He met his wife, Jeanette, when both were performing in a community theater production in Michigan.

In 1973, fed up with harsh Michigan winters, he and his family headed south on Interstate 75, which ended in Tampa at the time.

He taught school in the Tampa area for 35 years and was a volunteer teacher in jails at night. He had also been principal of Spencer Memorial Baptist School (now Tampa Baptist Academy) in Seminole Heights, and he ran a daycare center for awhile. He finally returned to the classroom, teaching at Oak Grove Middle School and then for more than 15 years at Hillsborough High School. He retired for a short time and then taught reading and study skills at Hillsborough Community College until two weeks before his death.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Thompson; his children, Robert Thompson, Kristen Thompson-Norris and Kathy King; and three grandchildren.


Andrew Van Slot ’49 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, April 2, 2008. He was 82.

He was a veteran of World War II who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight engineer.

He worked for Holland Motor Express. He also owned and operated construction businesses Bouwman Services and Invisible Fence-Westland Holland branch.

He was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church and was involved with Tulip Time for more than 50 years, serving as float chairman and eventually becoming board president in 1996. He also served the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the city’s zoning board of appeals.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Van Slot, in 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lillian Van Slot; his daughters, Margo Lubbers of Cumming, Ga., and Carla (Jim) Herweyer of Holland; two grandchildren; his sisters and brother, Tillie Witt of Muskegon, Mich., Jeanette Lyzenga of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ann Karnamaat at Fremont, Mich., and Peter (Melinda) Van’t Slot of Arlington, Texas; in-laws, Andrew Grotenhuis of Holland, James B. Wyngaarden of Durham, N.C., and Doris Wyngaarden of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.


Alvina Ketelhut ’49 Veltman of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Sunday, March 25, 2007, after a heroic effort battling Alzheimer’s disease. She was 80.

She was born May 30, 1926, in Ferndale, Mich., to Henry and Elsie Grace Ketelhut.

She was a graduate of Hillsdale College, where she was a Chi Omega.

She married Fred Veltman ’49 in 1949.

She was an architect who designed hundreds of prominent homes, a real estate broker, an artist, and the owner of a bed and breakfast in their lakefront home on Grand Haven’s north shore.

She was a charter member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and was a voracious reader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick J. Veltman ’49, in 2003; a grandson, Andy Veltman; her brother, Henry Ketelhut, and in-laws, Ed and Jeanne Oudman.

Survivors include her children, Kirk (Jackie) Veltman of Fruitport, Mich., and Dawn Veltman of Grand Haven, Mich.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


Collins D. Weeber ’53 of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. He was 78.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He graduated from Hope, Western Theological Seminary, and the California Graduate School of Theology.

He had served at Eastmont Reformed Church in Grand Rapids; Christ Community Church in Palm Springs, Fla.; New Hope Community Church in Canoga Park, Calif.; Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale; Old Cutler Presbyterian Church in Miami, Fla.; and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oahu, Hawaii. Subsequently he was dean of the doctoral program at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kimball ’51 Weeber; his daughter, Nancy Weeber-Markle ’83; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Lillian Warner and her family and Barbara Weeber.


Andrew (Andy) F. Zimmerman ’51 of Kent, Ohio, died on Saturday, March 22, 2008. He was 83.

He was born in 1924 to Henry and Anna Zimmerman in Raritan, N.J., where he grew up.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Somerville High School in 1942. He served as a Radioman Second Class aboard LST-699 in the Asia-Pacific Theater and participated in landing operations at Leyte in November of 1944, Lingayen Gulf in January of 1945 and Mindanao Islands in April of 1945. LST-699 earned three battle stars for World War II service. Andy was awarded a Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with Two Stars, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Two Stars.

While attending Hope, he was on the golf team. He met his wife, Dorothy Oldenburg, at the college, and they were married in 1949 in Sheldrake, N.Y.

He attended Northwestern University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and graduated in 1951 from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Andy lived in Trumansburg, N.Y., from 1952 to 1967, where he avidly pursued his lifelong passions of hunting with his father-in-law, Dick Oldenburg, and golf. He hit the first hole in one on Hillendale’s No. 7 hole. He also hit aces at Newman in Ithaca and at Fort Hill Course in Whitney Point while playing on the Morse Chain team.

He was a sales engineer and salesman, selling instrumentation products for Morse Chain and Pall Trinity Micro. In 1967 he moved to Kent, Ohio, where he worked as a salesman for Taylor Instruments.

He was a member of the Mogadore, Ohio, VFW and the Kent, Ohio, American Legion.

Survivors include his daughters, Vickie (Don) Farrell of Encinitas, Calif., Karen Legnini of Trumansburg, N.Y., Diane Olden (Dan Klein) of Danby, N.Y., and Kristine Olden of San Francisco, Calif.; two grandchildren; his sister, E. Jean Levine of Bound Brook, N.J.; and special friends, Vicki Reed and Elaine Meyers of Kent, Ohio.