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October 2008 Obituaries
Leslie Beach of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. He was 82.
He was born in Crystal Valley, Mich., on Aug. 29, 1926, near Hart, and raised and educated in Houghton, N.Y. Following service as a communications intelligence expert in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, he graduated from Houghton College in 1949. From 1949 to 1955, interrupted by another year of naval intelligence service during the Korean War, he served the General Motors Institute as an instructor in psychology and human relations while simultaneously completing a master's degree in educational psychology at Wayne State University.
After completing his doctorate in psychology and educational psychology at the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., where he served from 1957 to 1963. Following a one-year appointment as an associate professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he joined the Hope faculty and served in the department of psychology from 1964 until he retired in 1991.
While at Hope, he served two three-year terms as chairperson of the department of psychology, from 1968 to 1971 and from 1974 to 1977. Under his leadership, the department designed and developed its greatly expanded facilities in the Peale Science Center, which is now a part of the college’s Schaap Science Center.
During his early professional years, he wrote Psychology in Business, published by McGraw-Hill; he had also written several articles published in professional journals and other publications and a human relations training manual. He also received three external research grants supporting his nationally recognized research on student development during college and on enhancing student learning through small-group discussion.
For 11 years, he directed the college's successful STEP Program, designed for students able to pursue college-level work if given a certain amount of academic assistance. He also became a licensed psychologist with the State of Michigan, which furthered his opportunities to consult for business, industry, public schools and mental health agencies. While at Hope he also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Grand Rapids Extension of the University of Michigan from 1969 to 1980.
His special consulting and teaching expertise was in human relations training and in techniques of effective group leadership. He shared his knowledge, gained through workshops with the National Training Laboratories and other institutes, in his courses in Group Dynamics and Human Relations, as well as in management seminars and staff consultations. He also pursued and shared special interests in humanistic psychology, the psychology of men and women, and community building.
He was featured in USA Today in January 1991 as part of the publication's coverage related to the Gulf War, for his perceptions of the different ways men and women regard war. As a result of that article he was also interviewed on radio stations in several cities, including Minneapolis, Minn.; Seattle, Wash.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; and Detroit, Mich.
In retirement he had been active as a volunteer with the American Red Cross in disaster mental health. He served at several sites, including working with survivors in the aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes in Georgia and Puerto Rico and tornados in Oklahoma City; and firefighters and recovery workers in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.
He was a member of Hope Reformed Church and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder at both.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Carla Beach; his children, Randy (Joan) McGrady-Beach of Pleasanton, Calif., Lisa Beach ’88 Boes of Holland, and Michael Beach of Otsego, Mich.; six grandchildren; his brothers, Gerald (Marge) Beach of Chicago, Ill., and Richard (Lucille) Beach of Rochester, N.Y.; and in-laws, Kim (Wade) Washington of Federal Way, Wash., and Kelley (Carol) Cannon of Seattle, Wash.
Carol Yeckel ’76 Bennett-Gerber of Manhattan, N.Y., died on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. She was 53. She was a former resident of Greece, N.Y.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Audrey Yeckel of Greece.
She was an accomplished writer, stage director and founding member of the WorkShop Theater Company, a small off-off-Broadway company specializing in developing new scripts.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Charles E. Gerber; her brother, David (Kathleen) Yeckel; a sister-in-law, Francine Rabin; a niece and two nephews; and grand-nieces and -nephews.
Jack G. Boeskool ’51 of Coopersville, Mich., died on Friday, July 25, 2008. He was 81.
He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 3, 1927, the son of Gerald and Jeanette (VanKoevering) Boeskool. He graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1945. In 1951 he performed his senior recital as a tenor soloist at Hope. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He performed tenor solos for The Messiah with the Flint Symphonic Choir and the Saginaw Civic Chorus.
He taught vocal music in Birch Run, Mich., for three years, and then taught vocal music and English at Coopersville High School for 37 years.
He was an accomplished musician who shared his gift of music in leading church choirs and singing for weddings, school musicals, the Coopersville Old Kids Choir, and many other community events. He also served on the board of the Northeast Ottawa Community Library and was a long-standing member of the Coopersville Reformed Church.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Wilma Boeskool; two sons, Ken (Dawn) Boeskool of Byron Center, Mich., and Kirk (Lois) Boeskool of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one daughter, Karla Meeks of Spring Lake, Mich.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brother, Don (Jean) Boeskool of Grand Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.
Laurence Bruggers ’41 of Sun City West, Ariz., and Saginaw, Mich., died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, following a brief illness. He was 88.
He was born on July 9, 1920, in Holland, Mich., the son of the Rev. John H. Bruggers ’15 and Cornelia Muilenburg. He graduated from Coopersville (Mich.) High School in 1937. He earned a B.A. from Hope and a medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1944.
He touched the lives of countless others through his work as a physician, his role as a husband and father, and the pursuit of his many interests. He was a photographer, gardener and woodworker. On the Michigan wood lot he owned with his first wife of more than 50 years, the late Edith Lois Bruggers, he grew Christmas trees, created two ponds, hunted and fished, and nurtured the young lives of four children in a way that passed along a parent’s love of the outdoors. He was as at home hauling a tank full of maple sap through the snow behind a Caterpillar tractor as he was delivering babies and performing operations in a hospital.
He was a veteran who served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1946 to 1948 in The Philippines.
Following a medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saginaw (Mich.) Hospital from 1948 to 1951, he was in private practice with Valley OB-GYN until 1986. His hands escorted into the world thousands of babies, and he was an accomplished and pioneering surgeon.
Among his memberships were the American Medical Association, a Fellow in the College of Surgeons, the American Board of OB-GYN, a Fellow of the College of OB-GYN, the Saginaw County Medical Society, and the staffs of Saginaw General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was once chief of staff.
In 1968 he was a member of a group of physicians who helped to start the Saginaw Cooperative of Hospitals teaching program with Michigan State University, and upon his retirement he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.
He was a member and elder of Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church of Saginaw and of Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West.
In retirement, he studied the geology of Arizona, taught others woodworking skills, and volunteered in the community.
In 1998, after finding love for the second time, he married Dorothy Westermann of Sun City West, and they enjoyed an active life together, including weekly dancing, travel, kite flying and shared crossword puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Lois Bruggers, and a brother, Glenn Bruggers ’48.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bruggers; four children, Carol Sue Bruggers of Salt Lake City, Utah; Richard ’69 (Jackie Spaeth ’70) Bruggers of Fort Collins, Colo.; Donald Bruggers (Janice Cecere) of Danville, Calif.; and James Bruggers of Louisville, Ky.; step-children, Karin Westermann (Jamie Gormley) of Morristown, N.J., and Jim (Lorraine) Westermann of Goodyear, Ariz.; a brother, Howard ’50 (Henrietta Weener ’50) Bruggers; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Voss ’47 Bruggers; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Vicky Buck ’91 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. She was 53.
Her faith and love of God carried her through two bouts with cancer. She passed away peacefully at the home of her mother.
She loved life and her family.
She loved writing and had written for several local publications. When asked about herself, she replied, “According to my grandfather, I was ‘hatched’ in one of the incubators at his Great Northern Hatchery. Writing is my life and my passion. It’s a world where I excel and absolutely love what I do. I don’t like statistics, police reports, mean people or snakes!”
Anyone who knew Vicky found her to be a “free spirit” full of love for every living being.
Survivors include her husband, Jay Buck; her son, Cody Buck of Holland; her mother, Judith Looman of Holland; her sister, Karen Walters of Holland; her father- and mother-in-law, Al and Joan Buck of Holland; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carol TenHaken ’60 Buitendorp of Winston-Salem, N.C., died on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. She was 73.
She was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Lima, Wis.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond TenHaken.
Survivors include three children, Jeanne Betten of Gaithersburg, Md., Bill Buitendorp of Winston-Salem, and David Buitendorp of Cumming, Ga.; her sisters, Dorothy DeMaster, Eunice Heistand, Marjorie Shaver, Mary Stonesifer and Ruth Zimmerman; and four grandchildren.
Barbara Lubbers ’55 DePree died on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, in the Dominican Republic after a short illness. She was 75.
She taught art at the Netherwood Elementary School and to the handicapped students of Dutchess BOCES during the 14 years that she lived in Hyde Park, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by a son, Steven.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth DePree ’54, and two sons, David DePree of Sharon, Mass., and Jeffrey DePree of Schenectady, N.Y.
Anne Dirkse of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, July 7, 2008, in her home following a fearless two-year battle with cancer. She was 55.
She was born Dec. 21, 1952 in Zeeland, Mich., and grew up in Holland. She graduated from Holland High School in 1971 and from Northern Michigan University in 1975 with a B.S. in nursing.
After devoting 20 years to raising her children, she completed a master’s degree in nursing and became a nurse practitioner. She worked primarily at the Jamestown Family Clinic and then at MMPC of Holland.
She was a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior and constantly expressed this commitment through her involvement at Hope Reformed Church. She had played in the Carillon Choir since its inception, served as an elder on the consistory, and a sponsor for the middle school (Fish Club) and high school (High Hopes) youth. She always found great joy in church service projects and mission trips, but truly treasured her experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with the youth groups. She loved being a nurse practitioner and her various nursing jobs at Allegan/Ottawa Family Planning and InterCare, and always held patients close to heart. At home Anne would be found knitting, cooking, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, playing card games, or just relaxing while bird watching.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Jon DenHerder, in 2005, and her niece, Kaitlin Piersma, in 1985.
Survivors include her husband, David Dirkse ’73; her children, Andrew Dirkse of Bozeman, Mt., Emilie Dirkse ’02 (Kent) Hansen of Denver, Colo., and Elizabeth Dirkse; her father, Christian ’48 (Judy) DenHerder of Zephyrhills, Fla.; her mother, Jane Park of Holland; her siblings, Christine (Mike) Calyore of Naples, Fla., and Martha (Brad) Piersma of Stevensville, Mt.; a sister-in-law, Jean DenHerder of Holland; her parents-in-law, Lamont ’50 and Ruth DeGraaf ’50 Dirkse of Holland; sisters-in-law, Sue ’77 Dirkse (Bob ’75) Carlson of Holland and Nancy Dirkse ’81 (Scott ’81) DeWitt of Cincinnati, Ohio; and 12 nieces and nephews.
Oliver J. Droppers ’38 of Federal Way, Wash., died on Saturday, July 12, 2008. He was 92.
He was born June 23, 1916, to Delia Hynk Droppers and Oliver G. Droppers in Byron Center, Mich. He was the oldest of four children and the son of a Reformed Church minister.
He was a gifted pianist and loved a wide variety of music, especially jazz.
He earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve.
After living briefly in southern California following World War II, he moved to Washington in 1957, living in both Burien and Des Moines before settling in Federal Way.
He was a broker for Seattle House and Home. He later started First Ave Realty and developed several tracts in Federal Way.
His passions in life were real estate, his church, his family, music and friends. An outgoing man, he loved people, talking with them and helping them throughout his entire life. He remained active in real estate, recertifying his broker’s license at the age of 88.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maria Rizzo Droppers; his second wife, Christine Droppers; a brother, Paul Droppers ’41; and a sister, Felicia.
Survivors include his brother Carl (Ruth) Droppers; his son, O.J. (Marilyn) Droppers; his grandson, Oliver John (Danielle) Droppers V; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; a step-daughter, Joyce Backman; a step-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul Fugazzotto ’35 of Rapid City, S.D., died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. He was 95.
He came to Hope from Newburgh, N.Y., born the son of Sicilian immigrants on March 20, 1913.
On April 10, 1937, Paul was united in marriage to Laura Stuble in Holland. She and Paul had four children: David, Carolyn, Marilyn and Barbara.
He earned his MSPH in 1937 at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in microbiology in 1947 at Michigan State University.
From 1932 to 1942, he was microbiologist at the Michigan State Lab in Grand Rapids, Mich. From 1942 to 1947 he was microbiologist at the Michigan State Lab in Lansing, Mich. From 1947 to 1956 he was serologist at the Indiana State Lab in Indianapolis, Ind. From 1956 to 1960, he was director of City/County Lab in Pittsburgh, Pa. From 1960 to 1963, he was associate director of Cattaraugus County Lab in Olean, N.Y. From 1963 to 1964, he was director of Clinical Lab in Akron, Ohio. From 1964 to 1970, he was chief microbiologist at Kingston Hospital Lab in Kingston, N.Y. From 1970 until he retired in 1981, he was director of the Nevada State Lab. From 1981 to 2007, he continued research in urinary tract infection at Cystitis Research Center (his own private lab) in Rapid City, diagnosing and helping patients worldwide until ill health prevented further work. He wrote two books about his laboratory techniques and his unusual experiences in laboratory work. They will be published posthumously.
He dedicated his life to public health laboratory work. His routine work was made more significant and fascinating for himself and for many, many patients by the extra effort and knowledge he utilized to solve the difficult and puzzling medical conditions. He was, in effect, a “detective” when it came to these unusual challenges. His valuable discoveries cured many people and saved lives.
At home, he always grew a productive garden. He took on challenging home remodeling and repairs with never a doubt about success. His strong, life-long work ethic was a subtle, but effective example for his entire family. He enjoyed playing the trumpet in a dance band in his youth and young adulthood and was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps Cavalry in Rapid City for several years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, in November 1999, and by several sisters and brothers.
Survivors include four children, Marilyn Fugazzotto ’61 (Robert ’61) Looyenga of Rapid City; David ’63 (Pauline) Fugazotto of Birmingham, Ala.; Carolyn Rau of Olean, N.Y.; and Barbara Fugazzotto ’68 (Charles Robertson) of Jensen Beach, Fla.; one brother, David (Nina) Fugazzotto of Sarasota, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
NOTE: the family of Paul Fugazzotto submitted the following memories of Paul’s time at Hope.
While a student at Hope, the zoology professor, impressed with Paul’s congenial help in the zoology lab (with his autopsy technique), approached Paul one morning with a project. He has caught an opossum and asked Paul if he would mount the skeleton because of a unique structure of it tailbones. Paul agreed, but needed to have one of the students who lived locally to cook the animal so the soft parts could be removed. The student took it home and announced the next day that his dog had removed one foot and ate it. To replace the foot, his friend caught another opossum, caught by a trap of the left hind foot, which shattered the bones. However, he brought in the right hind foot. Paul was left with no left hind foot. This meant, in order to supply a left foot, he needed to carve out the new right foot bones to resemble a left foot in opposite order. The opossum skeleton, exhibited in the college museum, had actually two left hind feet (a rather clever substitute performance).
Also while at Hope, perhaps on personality alone, Paul gained the favoritism of the German instructor, as well as French instructor, who arranged one year’s credit on one-half year’s attendance. At graduation ceremony, he was awarded the German short story prize of a Six-Volume Works of Goethe, awarded for command of both the French and German languages.
Max (Mag) A. Glupker ’75 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, July 19, 2008, in St. Paul, Minn. He was 56.
Survivors include his son, Luke Glupker of White Bear Lake, Minn.; his parents, Al and Carla Glupker of Holland; his brother, Curt ’70 (Dianne) Glupker of Holland; his sister, Sheryll Hoekstra of Holland; and extended family, Nancy and Ben Danenberg of White Bear Lake, Minn., Martha Glupker of Zeeland, Mich., and his nephews.
Word has been received of the death of Myrtle Overbeek ’46 Goodin of Holland, Mich., who died on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. She was 86.
Beverly Harper of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. She was 48.
She graduated from Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich., in 1978, and from Arizona State University.
She worked at Hope for the past 15 years, serving from 1994 to 1997 as part-time accounting assistant in business services, and then filling temporary roles in several offices until becoming budget coordinator for the dean of natural and applied sciences in October 1997. In May 2007 she was named assistant to the dean.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Harper; her children, Logan Thiem, Janessa Stam, Shaelie Harper and Drake Harper; her mother, Helen Stam of Holland; her sisters, Marlene (Howard) Kotman of Zeeland, Mich., and Sherri Stam of Princeville, Hawaii; and two nephews.
Paul A. Hilbelink ’71 of Pleasanton, Calif., died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. He was 57.
He was born on July 25, 1949 and raised in Denver, Colo.
He earned a master’s degree from the University of Colorado.
For the past 33 years he worked as an engineering geologist, three of those years as a project manager for Kvaerner Environmental in Juneau, Alaska.
Family members said he will be remembered as a hard-working father who spent his free time helping others, relaxing (working) at his cabin, pit crewing at the races or playing with his grandchildren.
He was a proficient, self-taught carpenter who could be found doing woodworking projects in his garage or using his talent and gift of service for the benefit of those in need.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Elaine Kidd ’71 Hilbelink; three children, Kacey Hilbelink ’97 Craig, John Hilbelink and Adam Hilbelink; four grandchildren; his brothers, Larry Hilbelink and Ron ’65 (Lorna Coons ’67) Hilbelink; and his sister, Ann Hilbelink ’80 (Gary ’78) Camp.
John E. Huff ’40 of Peoria, Ariz., died on Saturday, July 12, 2008. He was 92.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Looman ’40 Huff, in 2000.
SSG Kenneth E. Korhorn Jr. ’94 of Elgin, Ill., formerly of Big Rapids, Mich., died suddenly at Porter County Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack while traveling from Michigan to Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. He was 41.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1966, in Big Rapids to Kenneth and Betty Lou (Whittenbach) Korhorn. He graduated from Big Rapids High School.
For the past 18 years he served in the National Guard Reserves. He was a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was scheduled to be re-deployed in two weeks.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou Korhorn.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth E. Korhorn III of East Leroy, Mich.; his father, Kenneth (Donna) Korhorn Sr. of Cape Coral, Fla.; his sister, Kimberly (Kirk) Green of Newman, Ga.; his brother, Kevin (Lori) Korhorn of Granger, Ind.; and four nephews and a niece.
Donald J. Le Poire ’63 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, July 27, 2008. He was 75.
He was born in Zeeland, Mich., and graduated from Zeeland High School in 1952. He retired from General Electric following 35 years of service.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Maplewood Reformed Church. He volunteered at Kids Hope for 13 years and at Appledorn Living Center.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Donna Le Poire; his children, Linda Lutke of Holland, Gayle (Fred) Kramer of Skokie, Ill., and David (Eileen) Le Poire of Bolingbrook, Ill.; eight grandchildren; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Bernie Le Poire of Arkansas, Rodger (Berdena) Le Poire of Zeeland, Harvey (Ruth) Le Poire of Zeeland, Frances (Junior) Schreur of Oakland, Mich., Henry (Bonnie) Le Poire of Hudsonville, Mich., Marvin (Donna) Le Poire Zeeland, George (Barb) Le Poire of Zeeland, Wilma (Mark) Matthews of Florida, and Marilyn Mc Comb of Holland; a brother-in-law, John (Patricia) Van Dyke of Elkhart, Ind.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Nicole McClain ’98 Liechty of Thibodaux, La., died on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from injuries she sustained in a one-car accident. She was en route to the airport in New Orleans to travel to Holland, Mich., to celebrate her 10-year class reunion at Hope. She was 32.
Nicole was a native of Flat Rock, Mich. She graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1994. She majored in communication at Hope and went on to earn a J.D. degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2002. She was member of the Dorian sorority, Lambda Pi Eta communication studies honorary society and the Anchor staff. She also participated in the Nykerk Cup competition, Upward Bound and intramurals.
She was a member of the Alabama State Bar Association and had worked at Starnes & Atchison law firm in Birmingham, Ala., since 2002.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, George Liechty; her grandfather, John McClain; and her great-grandfather, Albert Ryan.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Peter Liechty ’97; her parents, Brad and Patricia Ryan McClain; her mother-in-law, Rita Liechty; her grandparents, William and Ellen Ryan and Marian McClain; her great-grandmother, Jean Ryan; her brother, Nathan McClain; and her sister, Nina McClain.
John Lucius ’44 of Phoenix, Ariz., died on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. He was 91.
He and his wife, Helga Sawitzky ’46 Lucius, served RCA churches in Prattsville and Astoria, N.Y., and Phoenix, Ariz. They also served on the mission field in Macy, Neb., and Dulce, N.M., and John served as the director of the Phoenix Indian School in Phoenix, Ariz.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his son, John (Sue Anne) Lucius of Mesa, Ariz.
John M. Macdonald ’49 of Sarasota, Fla., died on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. He was 82.
He was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. He earned a master’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. His love of helping people led him to the public education system. He taught chemistry and physics at Vicksburg (Mich.) High School, progressing to assistant principal, guidance director and finally principal, a position he served in for 17 years.
A man of honor with a passion to serve, he was a lifelong member of the Vicksburg Lions Club and could always be found behind the grill at the annual B&B Festival. He was a member of the Shrine in Michigan and Sarasota, and both member and 2005 director of the Royal Order of jesters Court #189. He was also a two-time board president for Unity Church in Sarasota.
He was preceded in death by his sister Alma.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joanne Macdonald; his daughter, Nancy Mabile of Post Falls, Idaho; his sons, John Macdonald of Hillsdale, Mich., and Steven Macdonald of Hamburg, Germany; a sister, Grace Mashaw of Hammond, Ind.; a brother, Grant Macdonald of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.
Edith Teune ’53 McGehee of Lake Placid, Fla., and Schererville, Ind., died on Thursday, July 24, 2008. She was 76.
She earned a master’s degree from Calvin College.
She was a teacher at Calvin Christian School in Chicago, Ill.
She moved to Highlands County in 1970 from South Holland, Ill. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lake Placid, where she was recently ordained as a deacon. She was very active in her church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul McGehee.
Survivors include her son, Gary (Ruth Ann) McGehee of Sebring, Fla.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several cousins.
A. Drew Miles ’50 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. He was 81.
He graduated from Holland High School.
He was a veteran of World War II who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He worked in the insurance industry for 50 years, retiring in 1997 from Baker-Miles Insurance Agency after 20 years with his partner, Dale Baker.
He was a member of Christ Memorial Church. He served 10 years on the board of PIA (Professional Insurance Agents of Michigan) and as president from 1977 to 1978. He served 11 years as Park Township Clerk and later on the Township Planning Commission. He was a member of the American Legion and past member of the Exchange Club, Holland Chamber of Commerce and Holland Country Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Natalie, in 2002.
Survivors include his children, Susan Miles ’74 (John) Knoll of Holland and Dick Miles of Fennville, Mich.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Jane (Fred) Coleman of Holland; a sister-in-law, Rose Buter of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harold L. Morrow ’74 of Derry, N.H., died on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. He was 62.
He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on June 25, 1946, to Harold and Lillian (Ryer) Morrow Sr. He live in Derry for the past 12 years, formerly living in Mobile, Ala., and Dowagiac, Mich., where he had lived for many years.
He was a veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Illinois in 1976.
He was most recently employed by GMC Technologies in Boston, Mass.
He enjoyed fishing, reading and traveling, but especially liked to spend time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Wendy Morrow; his children, Sarah Morrow and Geoffrey Morrow; his sister, Martha (Bruce) Whitcomb of South Bend, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
Stuart H. Post ’60 of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., formerly of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, July 3, 2008, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 70.
He was born and raised in Holland, graduated from Holland High School and spent his entire career in Michigan. He earned a master’s degree at Western Michigan University.
He taught at Whitehall, Muskegon and Orchard View high schools, all in Michigan. He was then head of counseling and assistant principal at West Ottawa Public Schools. He finished his years of employment in the admissions office at Hope.
He will be remembered for his positive attitude, drive and faith in God.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris; his sons, Mark Post and David (Joanna) Post; three grandchildren; his step-children, Jeffrey (Kim) Neerken, Jackie Neerken (David Eggerding) and Pattie Neerken (Donald Aitken); four step-grandchildren; his brothers, Ernest ’48 (Mary Ellen Brower ’48) Post of Pennsylvania and Lynn ’56 (Phyllis DeWeerd ’56) Post of Holland; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alfred H. Rauschenbach ’51 of Andover, N.J., died on Saturday, July 19, 2008. He was 79.
He was born in Bergenfield, N.J., on July 14, 1929, the son of Alfred and Florence Rauschenbach. He graduated from Dumont High School, Hope, and Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry. He married Winifred Reilly in the First Presbyterian Church in Newark, N.Y., on June 15, 1957.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as an unrestricted line officer in Korea. After dental school, he continued his service in the Navy as a dental officer.
He was a doctor of dental surgery who practiced for 47 years.
He was a faithful and long-standing member at Larayette Federated Church, where he served as an elder. He was a Christian, a devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, brother, dentist, fisherman and friend.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kirk Rauschenbach, in 1968, and by a grandson in 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Winifred Rauschenbach; his children, Keith Rauschenbach, Sharon (Louis) Bardos, Deborah Rauschenbach, Mary Jo Yanvary (John Ty) and Shannon (Clayton) Baloche; five grandchildren; and his sister, Joan (Norman) Proctor of East Orleans, Mass..
Ruth Meppelink ’39 Reidsma of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. She was 89.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1918, in Holland to Herman and Goldie (Palmer) Meppelink.
She earned master’s degrees in education, reading and library science from the University of Michigan.
She taught school and worked in education for 36 years as an English teacher, reading specialist and librarian. Most recently she taught in the Holland Christian Schools before retiring in 1983.
She enjoyed traveling and visited many countries with her husband.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting antiques. She was a member of Montello Park Christian Reformed Church and the Women’s Literary Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon C. Reidsma ’53, in 1996 and a sister, Lois Reynolds.
Survivors include her children, Carla Reidsma ’65 (Bruce ’65) Masselink of Holland, Ruth Mary (Garry) Kloosterman of Hot Springs, Ark., Deborah (Steve) Hurley of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Vernon ’67 (Patty) Reidsma of Lansing, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
John Robbert ’37 of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. He was 92.
He was born in Holland, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1915, to Edward and Jenny (Lanting) Robbert. He graduated from Holland Christian High School.
He retired from General Motors Corporation after 29 years of service.
He was a member of First Reformed Church, Holland Friends of Art and Evergreen Commons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthmary DuMez ’38 Robbert, in 1997; a grandson; and siblings, Louis (Maxine) Robbert and Eunice (Jack) Fisher.
Survivors include his children, Jan ’60 (Marilyn) Robbert of Watton, Mich., Mary Ann Robbert ’64 Vande Vusse of Livermore, Calif., and Laurel (Alan) Serwer of Highland Park, Ill.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Mary) Robbert of Holland, Paul (Roz) Robbert of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Kenneth (Marlene) Robbert of Portage, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.
Arthur Schoonveld ’52 of Fishers, Ind., died on Thursday, May 17, 2007. He was 83.
He was born on Nov. 15, 1923, to Louis and Margaret VanVossen Schoonveld. He graduated from DeMotte High School in 1941 and Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1955. He married Barbara J. Rowen on Aug. 13, 1946, in DeMotte.
He had a family practice in Brook, Ind., from 1955 until he retired in 1993.
He was a member of Brook United Methodist Church, the church choir and the former Investment Club. He was a life member of Hazeldon Country Club and a former member of the IUNW Advisory Board, and was named Brook Citizen of the Year in 2002. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening, bowling and playing bridge.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Schoonveld, in 2003, five sisters, including Margaret Schoonveld ’51 Kraay, one brother and a granddaughter.
Survivors include five daughters, Sandra (David) Sutton, Mary (Carl) Pafford, and Carolyn Williamson, all of Fishers, Janice Schoonveld and Margaret Schoonveld both of Indianapolis; six sons, Michael (Peg) Schoonveld of Morocco, Ind., Brian (Grace) Schoonveld and John (Pam) Schoonveld, both of Indianapolis, Richard (Joyce) Schoonveld and Russell Schoonveld, both of Kentland, Ind., and Allen (Elaine) Schoonveld of Mulberry, Ind.; two sisters, Marilyn Jonkman of DeMotte and Dorothy (Virgil) Bult of South Holland, Ill.; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Janet C. “Jan” Sebens ’69 of Oak Harbor, Wash., died suddenly at her home on Thursday, July 31, 2008. She was 61.
She earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Western Washington University.
She was born on Jan. 6, 1947, to Alger and Rena (Van Malkenhorst) Sebens. She was raised in Everson, Wash., and graduated from Nooksack Valley High School.
She taught physical education at Holland (Mich.) High School and served as the girls’ basketball coach for three years. She taught in Pasco, Wash., for the next two years and later was a counselor in the Oak Harbor School District for 31 years, retiring in 2005.
She had recently accepted a position at the Gallery Golf Course at NAS Whidbey, which allowed her many more opportunities to play golf.
Following her retirement, she purchased a home in Goodyear, Ariz., and became a snowbird.
She served as a volunteer board member for Help House for many years. Her primary focus was her church and her faith. She was an active member of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church.
She loved the out-of-doors and enjoyed rafting, kayaking, hiking, golf, reading and doting on her nephews. To celebrate her 60th birthday, she traveled to Japan and climbed Mount Fuji with one of her nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her brother, Kenneth Sebens ’63 of Oak Harbor; two sisters, Jayne Lovvorn of Oak Harbor and Susan Driver of Lincoln City, Ore.; and her mother, Rena Kenoyer of Bellingham, Wash..
Fritzi Jonkman ’44 Sennett of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. She was 85.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1922, the daughter of Fritz and Jennie Jonkman.
She taught school for two years in Kalkaska, Mich., and then joined the staff of the Holland Sentinel, writing social news features for several years. Later she worked as a legal secretary, spending most of her career with Cunningham Dalman. Her responsibilities quickly grew to what is now recognized as paralegal services.
She was an active member of Hope Church. She supported numerous community groups and her artistic talents and green thumb benefited many events, club and church circle meetings. She maintained membership in the Holland Country Club, where she and her husband had been avid golfers for decades.
She created scrapbooks chronicling the lives of the recipients of the Rotary Club “Distinguished Service Award,” and in recognition was named an honorary Rotarian in the 1990s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lincoln Sennett, in 1978, and five half-siblings.
Survivors include her sister, Anna Lucile Jonkman ’48 Holland of Allegan, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.
Richard W. Vaughan ’57 of Martinez, Ga., died on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. He was 73.
He was a research microbiologist with several pharmaceutical companies and then went to Atlanta, Ga., for the start-up of the Nutra-Sweet plant.
He particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad and his sons at a club in the Adirondacks.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Deanna Deas ’58 Vaughan; his children, Jeffrey ’81 (Dawn) Vaughan and Scott (Elizabeth) Vaughan; and three grandchildren.
Nicholas C. Ver Hey ’75 of Luling, La., died on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007. He was 54.
He was the president of Collarini Associates.
He was preceded in death by his father, William J. Ver Hey ’50.
Survivors include his wife, Lori Ver Hey, his children and his mother, Louise Rove ’48 Ver Hey.
William Westrate ’47 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. He was 85.
He was born in Holland and graduated from Holland High School. He graduated from Wayne State University Medical School.
He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army.
He practiced medicine in Holland with his brother, Warren Westrate, until his retirement in 1975.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Westrate, in 2000 and by his brother, Warren.
Survivors include his children, Robert (Jeanne) Westrate of Holland;, Michael Westrate of West Olive, Mich., and Sally Westrate ’91 (Mike) Carr of Holland; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Yvonne (Joe) Logan of Webster Grove, Mo., and Barb (Dale) Grissen of Holland; his sister-in-law, Marcia Westrate of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce Karsten ’56 Zoet of Holland, Mich., formerly of Grandville, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. She was 74.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew Karsten, Harvey Karsten and Bill Karsten, and her sister, Marion Dutmer.
Survivors include her husband, Gene A. Zoet ’56; her sons, Jon Zoet ’83 of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tom Zoet of Lake Ann, Mich.; one grandson; her sister, Lorie Krikke; her sisters-in-law, Donna Karsten and Sharon Karsten; and several nieces and nephews.