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August 2008 Obituaries
Justin Aalpoel 43
The son of Dutch immigrants, he was a native of Wisconsin and was raised on a dairy farm in Lynden, Wash.
He graduated from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
He was a veteran who served as a captain with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, performing surgery during the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
After returning from Korea, he took surgical residencies at the University of Oregon Medical School and at Veterans Hospital, where he was chief of thoracic surgery from 1958 to 1960. In 1960 he moved to Yakima and began a private practice as the first thoracic surgeon in Central Washington. He retired in 1975.
He maintained his lifelong interest in medicine, retaining his medical license and regularly attending medical meetings.
He was an avid reader who subscribed to five newspapers. He had a wide range of interests, including religion, philosophy, geology and science. He also enjoyed doing lapidary projects and collecting rock specimens.
He was a member of the Yakima County Medical Association, the Washington State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He served on the Medical Advisory Board and Public Affairs Committee of Planned Parenthood for many years and was an outspoken advocate of population stabilization. Other memberships included First Presbyterian Church and the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Johanna Moa.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Aalpoel; two daughters, Barbara (Phil) Cline of Yakima and Patricia Aalpoel (E. Cameron King) of LaCanada, Calif.; two brothers, Herbert (Barbara) Aalpoel of South Easton, Mass., and Fred (Margaret) Aalpoel of Lynden; and two grandsons.
She was born in Flint, Mich.
She taught biology in the Davison (Mich.) schools before marrying O. William Agre, Jr. and following him to many parts of the country and the world in his career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of 57 years, include a sister, Margaret Fedraw; a brother, Richard T. Holman; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Holman and Jeanne MacDonald; a brother-in-law, John MacDonald; a daughter, Virginia Agre 75 Kiser; three sons, O.William Agre III 77, Edward Agre and Daniel Agre; a son-in-law, V. Wayne Kiser; three daughters-in-law, Joan Vander Kooi 78 Agre, Carol Agre and Kathy Agre; 10 grandchildren, including Chrystial Agre 05; and several nieces and nephews.
She was born on Nov. 5, 1907, in Cedar Grove, Wis., to Christian and Anne (Nyenhuis) Holle. Following graduation from Wisconsin Memorial Academy, she earned an A.B. at Hope in education.
She taught high school English in Elkhorn, Wis., and later taught at Urban Christian Grade School in Chicago.
On June 19, 1936, she was united in marriage to Dr. Harms W. Bloemers 31 of Hingham, Wis. They became residents of Chicago, Ill., in 1947, where he practiced medicine as a general surgeon at Engelwood Hospital and later founded Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. Following his retirement in 1976, they returned to Wisconsin and made Sheboygan their home. He preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2001.
She was a member of Hope Reformed Church, where she taught Christian education and served with church circles. She was also a member of the Writers Club of Sheboygan County.
She was organized, intelligent and well balanced. She loved flowers, nature, gardening, children, cooking and crossword puzzles. She enjoyed writing poetry and short stories and was a published author. She leaves her family a legacy of faith as she always trusted in the Lord.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Esther Gunyon and Bernice Ramaker; three brothers, Wilmer Holle, Audley Holle and Harold Holle; and two step-brothers, Lloyd Holle and Lester Holle.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Bloemers 62 (Doug) Gerleman of Northbrook, Ill., and Brenda Ploetz of Sheboygan; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other family members.
She was born on May 2, 1909, in Zeeland, Mich., the daughter of Herman and Maggie (Meeuwsen) Derks. Both of her grandfathers came to America from the Netherlands in 1947. She attended Zeeland High School and Hope and then earned an A.B. from Western Michigan University.
She taught in Zeeland, Mich., prior to marrying Frank W. Bouma on July 9, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1995.
She later taught in Grandville, Mich., owned a book and hobby store, and was director of DAVARCA (Department of Audio-Visual Aids, R.C.A.). In addition, she served as secretary for her husband in his work as a real estate broker, builder and land developer.
She was very active in church and community affairs. She was a longtime member of the Grandville United Methodist Church. She had been a Cub Scout den mother, a Camp Fire Girls leader, a Sunday school teacher and church librarian. Early years also included the Grandville Professional Womens Club, the Ladies Literary Club and the Grandville Child Study Group. She served on the original Grandville Public Library board. She was a member of the Church and Synagogue Library Association, the Maple Grove Hospital Guild and the Anna Bosworth Circle at her church. She was a charter member of the Zeeland Historical Society. In 1992 she was honored by Church Women United as their Valiant Woman.
Survivors include her daughter, Marcia Ann Bouma; her son, William 66 (Cheryl Lynn) Bouma; two grandsons, including Christopher 93 (Tina) Bouma; and four great-grandchildren.
He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of James and Irene (Lindenmuld) Bylsma.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and received the Bronze Star.
He was a chemist for Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., for many years. Later he and his wife owned and operated the Pathway Christian Book Store for 17 years. He retired from Dow and spent several years in Florida.
He was married on Feb. 1, 1952, in Muskegon, Mich., to Lorraine Thedorff 53. She survives.
He was a member of Berrien County Woodworkers Association and the Hope United Methodist Church of Edwardsburg. He enjoyed fly fishing, especially tying his own flies for the sport of it.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Lorraine, include three daughters, Linda (John) Kennett, Ruth (Jeff) Parker and Luann (Jeff) Thibodeau; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Derteen of Jenison, Mich., and Gayle (Leland) Mullenburg of North Carolina; and two brothers, James Peter (Judy) Bylsma of Jenison and Gary (Doreen) Bylsma of Belle Vista, Alaska.
She was born June 21, 1945, to C.H. and Mary (Stoyell) Defendorf and graduated from Moravia Central High School in 1963.
Following graduation from Hope, she earned a masters degree in music education from the University of Michigan.
She was a licensed California real estate broker, published author and instructor in the field of property management.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Carol, and a brother, Charles.
Survivors include her brother, Robert Defendorf of Niles; a niece and a nephew; two grandnieces; two aunts; and several cousins.
She was the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Esman) Everts and lived in Portage, Mich., most of her life.
She worked at J.C. Penney Company before her marriage in 1940.
She and her husband, John DeKam, who preceded her in death in 1997, enjoyed farm life in Schoolcraft, Mich., for many years. They were also active with Michigan Airstreamers.
She was a longtime member of First Reformed Church of Portage, where she was active in Dorcas. She was an avid gardener and craftswoman. She volunteered for Coover Senior Center for years during her residence at Wyndham, and she made hundreds of hats for newborns at Bronson Hospital.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Annette Everts, and a son-in-law, Kevin Boerman 75, in 2007.
Survivors include her daughters, Patricia DeKam 73 (Robert 73) Zilinski, Marjorie DeKam 75 Boerman and Joanne (Larry) Woodward; her brother, John (Joan) Everts; her sister, Henrietta Everts; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was born Jan. 11, 1915, to Richard and Jenny DeVries in Conrad, Mont.
While studying at Hope, she met friends who lived in Coopersville, Mich. They introduced her to Ted DeMaagd of Coopersville and the two eventually married.
She taught in the Coopersville Public Schools for more than 20 years.
She was a member of Church of The Saviour in Coopersville.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret DeVries 50, and four brothers, John, Ray, Art and Herb.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Ted DeMaagd; their children, David (Vickie) DeMaagd of Spring Lake, Mich., and Sasha Watson of Coopersville; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Maureen) DeVries of Conrad; a sister-in-law, Jessie DeVries of Palmer, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.
He was born April 4, 1920, in Holland, Mich., to Louis and Gertrude (DeWeerd) Dykema. He graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1938 and then attended Hope.
He was a veteran who served in World War II. He was drafted in 1942 and joined the First U.S. Army Air Corps (A.S.T.P.) at Texas A&M. His Blackhawk 85th infantry division entered the European Theater and, after a home furlough, was sent to the Philippines. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1947.
Then he attended Michigan State University, where he studied to prepare for a career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife biologist. He graduated with honors. He worked in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Grayling and finally Saint Charles, where he retired in 1984 as head of the state game area for waterfowl and deer.
He was member of St. Charles United Methodist Church. He was a hunter, gardener and reader, and he loved camping, traveling and his family.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Dykema.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Curtis 42 Dykema; a daughter, Nanci (Rik) Danburg; two sons, Brian Dykema and Mark Dykema; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Frances (Wesley) Vryhof; a sister-in-law, Bernice Dykema; and a brother-in-law, Robert Curtis.
She was born in 1920 in Forest Grove, Mich., to Rev. and Mrs. Gradus Vander Linden, who served churches in Grand Rapids, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and Paramount, Calif.
She met her first husband, Willard D. (Bud) June 41, at Hope. They were married in 1943 and he died suddenly in 1973.
Toward the end of World War II, she moved to Paramount, Calif., to live with her parents and sisters while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force. She taught school in Paramount, Calif., and began her long association with Emmanuel Reformed Church, serving her Lord at various times as a Sunday school teacher, department head, Bible school director, junior choir director, chair of Womens Ministries, and choir accompanist on both the piano and the organ. She was active in Reformed Church Women at the classical, synodical and national levels, and she chaired Triennial on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., in 1974.
In 1979 she married Ernie Hilt, whom she had known since moving to California. He was also a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church. They enjoyed their life together in Artesia, Calif., before moving to Visalia in 1991. They joined the Tulare Community Church (RCA) where they continued to worship and serve and where they met and enjoyed the company of many friends.
Mary is remembered for her love of God and church, family, and beauty, and by her encouraging words and sunny outlook on life.
In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Millie Vander Linden 45 De Bie and Mae Vander Linden 45 Biel.
Survivors include her husband of almost 29 years, Arie Hilt; her daughters, Margaret (Midge) June 67 (Dirk) Vander Laan and Mary Lee (Hal) Meyer; two grandsons; and her husbands children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She worked for Penfield Central School. After retiring, she volunteered at various libraries.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Lansing.
Survivors include her sons, Richard (Margot) Lansing and Kurt Lansing; her daughters, Susan (Weimar) White and Janet Lansing; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
She was the youngest daughter of Clair and Julia Carpenter. She graduated from Lansings (Mich.) Eastern High School in 1950.
She taught for the Holt Public Schools for 27 years.
She was a bridge player, an avid golfer, a Tigers fan and a volunteer. She particularly enjoyed her volunteer work with the McRee House and Holt United Methodist Church, Child Enrichment Center. She was a member of four golf leagues up until last year and always enjoyed the challenges at the familys favorite Eldorado Golf Course.
She was fun to be with and enjoyed many lifelong friendships. Her greatest joy was spending time with family, especially her two grandchildren, Thomas and Payne. We will always hold her great smile and endearing personality in our hearts. She truly loved this life and she lived it well. Nancie wanted to thank all of her friends who have brought so much love, support and joy to her and our family. She felt rich with these friendships.
She will always be remembered for her courage and positive attitude, a true inspiration to all those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy (Skip), Clare Jr. and Donald.
Survivors include her husband of almost 54 years, Donald Lubbers 54; their daughters, Deborah (Mike) and Kim Lubbers 83 (A.J.); their son, Steven (Sharon); two grandchildren; and her sisters, Joyce and Margaret.
He was born in Middletown, N.Y., on Nov. 14, 1919, to William H. and Olive (Decker) MacInnes.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater.
On June 12, 1949, he married his best friend, Gertrude June Pope, who survives him. They lived in Fishkill since 1951 and were active members of Trinity Episcopal Church.
He retired from Texaco Research Center as a project chemist in 1981 after 34 years of service.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his daughter, Marcy L. Mac Innes; one grandson; and several cousins.
She was born in Douglaston, N.Y., the daughter of Clarence Van Derveer and Cosette Sharpless.
She worked in the health care industry for more than 20 years and retired from Quorum in 1996.
Her husband, Frederick C. McCormack Jr., died on Monday, June 23, 2008.
Survivors include her son, (Frederick) Clark McCormack III, and her daughter, Margot Anne, and her daughters partner, Heather Parsons.
He was born Aug. 17, 1913, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Arthur G. and Hattie (Hulsebus) McGilvra. He graduated from Sioux City East High school in 1931.
After graduating from Hope, attended the University of Iowa Medical School and graduated with an M.D. in 1941. He interned at Saginaw (Mich.) General Hospital from 1941 to 1943.
He married Marian Roggen 40 on June 12, 1942, in Maurice, Iowa. She survives.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years. He was a medical officer and flight surgeon with the 306th Bomb Group in the European Theater from 1945 to 1946.
After his discharge from the service, he returned to northwest Iowa and practiced medicine from 1946 until he retired in 1988. By then he had delivered nearly 2,900 babies, including the infamous snow blizzard delivery.
In 2000 he moved to Pella, Iowa, to be near his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Central Reformed Church, where he served as an elder. He was a member of the American Medical Association for 50 years, a lifetime member of the American Association of Family Practice, and a member of the Sioux County Medical Association and the Iowa State Care Review Committee.
He was preceded in death by his siblings Edith McGilvra 29 VanderHart, Raymond McGilvra 31, Annetta McGilvra 33 Ainslie, Harold G. McGilvra 35 and Ralph McGilvra.
Survivors in addition to his wife include their son, Terry 65 (Debbie) McGilvra of Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters, Sally (Tim) Baar and Sue (Kevin) Drey, both of Pella; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Elnora McGilvra of Orange City, Iowa, and Wilma McGilvra of South Carolina.
He was a gifted administrator who served in Christian education for 32 years in North Carolina; New Jersey; and Miami, Fla., and, most recently, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gina.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Mara Reitsma 76 Mulder; his parents, Paul 50 and Joan DeBlock 51 Mulder; his siblings, Dan, Donna and Don; his children, Jessica, Jeremy (Christi), Joy (Tim), Jonelle, and Janine; and seven grandchildren.
He graduated from Pekin Community High School, where he lettered for four years in basketball and was an all-conference, all-state player.
He was attending Coastal Carolina University and majoring in environmental science.
Survivors include his parents, Jeffrey 83 (Tracey Davin 84) Myers.
He served in the Michigan National Guard from 1947 to 1950.
He attended Hope and also studied through Michigan State University and the University of Chicago.
He served as city manager of Gaylord and Manistee in Michigan and later of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. He retired from the Pinellas County (Fla.) Department of Public Works Division of Technical Services in 1995.
He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and remained active in Boy Scouts of America for 35 years. He received the Sertoma (Service to Mankind) Award in 1977 for his commitment to scouting. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Church of the Isles United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; a son, Edwin (Rose) of Live Oak, Fla.; daughters, Paula Northuis (Bob White) of Greenville, S.C., Valerie (Steve) Gardner of Tallahassee, Fla., and Christian (Ken) Kuck of Seminole, Fla.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Rodger 53 (Arlene Beekman 52) Northuis of Wyoming, Mich., Donald 55 (Eunice Schipper 52) Northuis of Grand Haven, Mich., and Paul (Marsha) Northuis 59 of Holland, Mich.; and his adopted family of Percy and Lucy Alvarez of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
He was born Sept. 16, 1948, in New York City, N.Y. After graduating from Hope, he earned a masters degree in geology at the University of Utah in 1973.
He enjoyed an exciting 20-year career during the gas and oil boom, followed by a second career in the burgeoning microbrewery industry. In 1987 he and his brother, Charlie Otto 78, who survives him, co-founded the Otto Bros. Brewing Co. in Jackson Hole, Wyo. It is known today as The Grand Teton Brewing Co. in Victor, Idaho.
Ernies two favorite pastimes, besides drinking a good beer, were snowboarding and mountain biking. He learned to snowboard at 56 years old and, despite the fact that he couldnt find any other fifty-something shredders on the slopes, he proudly claimed to have ridden more than 30 days last winter. Ernie and his best friend mountain biked regularly throughout the summer, and on the morning he left for Boulder he was anticipating another gorgeous ride.
He led the August 2007 Hope College Rockhound Reunion and had been interviewed in the story that was featured on page 22 of the April 2008 issue of News from Hope College.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest C. Otto, last year.
Survivors in addition to his brother include his wife, Candice Koch; his son, Matthew Otto; his daughter, Megan Sampson; one granddaughter, Aida Grace Sampson; his mother, Gertrude Otto; and his sister, Karla Gerczak.
He was born June 30, 1930, in Holland, Mich., to Deward and Johanna Piersma. He graduated from Holland High School as a three-sport, all-conference athlete in 1948, and from Hope, where he earned 10 athletic letters.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Panama from 1954 to 1955.
In 1956 he earned a masters degree from the University of Michigan.
He began his teaching career at Holland (Mich.) High School in 1957 and had a very successful coaching career from 1957 to 1975. He served as athletic director from 1975 until he retired in 1989. He was inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989.
After retiring, he traveled to several Olympic Games and continued to be active in the community by starting physical fitness programs for older adults through the recreation department, by running 45 and older softball and basketball leagues, and by helping bring the Senior Olympics to Holland in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He also remained very active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for many years.
He was a member of Christ Memorial Reformed Church from 1958 to 2007, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, elder and deacon. He became a member of Calvary Reformed Church in the spring of 2007.
He loved sports of all kinds, hunting, fishing, reading and history, and he was an avid Hope College fan.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kaitlin, in 1985, and by his first wife, to whom he was married for 37 years, Shirley Hungerink 53 Piersma, in 1987.
Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Charles) Ditto of Granger, Ind., Bradley (Martha) Piersma of Stevensville, Mont., and Kathleen (Blaine 86) Newhouse of Zeeland; eight grandchildren; his wife, Joyce (Zylstra) Piersma; step-children, Robert Zylstra of Washington, D.C., Susan Van Driel of Rockford, Mich., and Jim Zylstra of Hudsonville, Mich.; six step-grandchildren; five siblings, Norman Piersma of Florida, Joyce Johnson of Colorado, Robert Piersma of Maryland, Sandra Piersma 63 (Floyd) Jousma of Holland, and Craig Piersma of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was an associate professor of English at the college from 1961 to 1967, and is fondly remembered by many alumni of that era for his brilliance, wit, charisma and inspiring pedagogy.
He was born on June 28, 1923.
He was a veteran who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He subsequently earned a B.A. at Hamline University and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.
He taught in Tarsus, Turkey, and at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he met John Hollenbach, who subsequently hired him to teach at Hope. He finished his career at the University of Minnesota, retiring in 1991.
In addition to being a literary scholar, he was an accomplished amateur actor, director, and musician and an avid traveler. In 2004 he set out with a fellow pianist to play through Bachs Art of the Fugue, a feat he accomplished shortly before his death.
He achieved abstinence for the last 25 years of his life through Alcoholics Anonymous. He decided against debilitating treatments in his final illness because he knew they would interfere with his music and with conversation with family and friends, which was his greatest delight.
A native of Albany, N.Y., she was a project manager at Ivy Architectural Innovations and an ordained elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Suffolk.
Survivors include her husband, John E. Schalk 68; her mother, Bernice Baldes Carr of Delmar, N.Y.; two daughters, Bernice (John) Spichiger and Rebecca (Jeff) Behringer, all of Midlothian, Va.; two brothers, William Carr of Flower Mound, Texas, and Jonathan Carr of Coeymans Hollow, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.
She was a passionate, lifelong educator with genuine interest in others, inexhaustible good spirits and a quick smile. She was a model of courage in the face of adversity.
The oldest of three children, she was born and raised in Holland, Mich., and took pride in her Dutch heritage.
She taught at Coopersville (Mich.) High School and at Saint Nicholas School for girls and Lakeside School in Seattle. In the midst of her teaching career, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) but her passion for teaching remained strong until she retired in 1988.
She took residence in 1993 at the Life Care Center of Bothell, where she quickly connected with residents and staff alike and became an advocate for nursing home residents as a member of the Resident Council of Washington. She remained active and attended weekly services at Northcreek Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa, and her partner, Dave; two grandchildren; her brother, Gary (Judy); and three nephews.