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April 2009 Obituaries

Lois Glerum '41 Alofs (3/20/09)

John J. Arnold '49 (12/11/08)

Randall J. Baar '57 (12/2/08)

Jason A. Blout '05 (9/12/08)

Jean Ruiter '43 Brondyke (10/14/08)

James T. Burger '43 (12/5/08)

William G. Bylsma (2/7/09)

Michael J. Camburn '94 (11/15/08)

Ralph P. Cornell '49 (1/28/09)

A. Ruth Van Alsburg '31 Cotts (12/14/08)

Philip G. Crook (3/17/09)

Mary Dean (3/25/09)

Leon J. DeJongh '36 (1/31/09)

Milton Denekas '40 (10/1/08)

Dorothy Atkins '46 Dugan (8/25/08)

Jack L. Dykstra '53 (3/20/09)

Wesley C. Dykstra '46 (12/16/08)

Carolyn DeLeeuw '72 Essenburgh (12/8/08)

Julius Essink (Prep '33) (1/12/09)

June P. Fiedler '54 (8/18/08)

M. Eugene Flipse '40 (12/14/08)

Rosalind Scholten '47 Gainsborg (12/7/08)

Frances Price '40 Hallan (1/28/09)

Florence R. Hampton '40 (9/30/08)

Charles B. Hazekamp '54 (03/07/09)

Irving D. Hellenga '44 (2/1/09)

Donald Ihrman '49 (12/2/08)

Priscilla Grace Inkpen '69 (3/21/09)

Jeanne McKee Jacobson (1/29/09)

Patricia Kort '75 Klingenberg (1/23/09)

Cynthia Schipper '40 Knickel (12/19/08)

Sharon Meeuwsen '63 (1/13/09)

J. David Menchhofer '49 (10/30/08)

Lois Koopman '44 Miller (2/9/09)

Esther Molenaar (3/25/09)

Joan E. Mueller (12/21/08)

Lester I. Nienhuis '45 (2/2/09)

Dawn Downey '69 Ohlsen (10/28/05)

Torsten Reuterdahl '40 (3/11/09)

Raymond Henry Rigterink '38 (2/23/09)

Nathan J. Roelofs '42 (11/26/08)

Gwendolyn Schow Rule '94 (11/19/08)

Paul Schieringa '57 (2/27/09)

Douglas E. Schlaff '95 (12/14/08)

Walter A. Scholten '50 (1/31/09)

Roland J. Schut '60 (12/17/08)

Doris VanLente '41 Slager(2/27/09)

John E. Smallegan '51 (12/19/08)

Charlotte Stolberg '52 (12/29/07)

Anna Carrigan '29 Taylor (1/21/09)

Todd A. Taylor '90 (12/25/08)

Harris B. Timmer '50 (2/11/09)

Sharon Tucker '71 (3/13/09)

Donald W. VanderJagt '59 (3/10/09)

Harold E. Van Dyke '45 (2/6/09)

Robert J. Wagner '54 (10/20/08)

Derwin "Dick" Walvoord '36 (12/18/08)

Brooks Wheeler (12/26/08)

Vangie Gibson '81 (Norton) Williams (11/1/08)


Lois Glerum '41 Alofs of Zeeland, Mich., died on Friday, March 20, 2009. She was 88.

She taught for 35 years in the Zeeland Public Schools.

She was a member of Third Christian Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Alofs, and step-daughter Susan Spierenburg.

Survivors include her step-children, Larry (Joan) Alofs, Roy (Jan) Alofs, and Peggy (Bill) Becker; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Betty Alofs.


John J. Arnold '49 of Zanesville, Ohio, died on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. He was 80.

He was born on April 13, 1928, in Patterson, N.J., to the late George Christian and Clara Gross Arnold. He graduated from Rutgers University and Western Theological Seminary. He also attended Hope and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. During his last teaching sabbatical, he was a visiting scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary.

He was ordained by the Classis of Montgomery and had served Reformed churches in New York at Owasco and Rhinebeck and in Grand Rapids, Mich., at Trinity.

He served as a chaplain in the USNR and was stationed with the Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, N.C., and Camp Gifu, Japan. In 1968 he opted for a role in specialized ministry and began to teach philosophy at Ohio University in Zanesville. He had been prepared for an academic role by receiving S.T.M and Ph.D. degrees from the Hartford Seminary Foundation. During his time at Zanesville, he also received a J.D. degree from the Capital University School of Law.

Upon his retirement from Ohio University, he was declared Emeritus Professor of Philosophy.

At the time of his death, he was serving as pastor of the Dresden Presbyterian and Adams Mills Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rhea Van Heest '47 Arnold; three sons, John Arnold Jr. of Zanesville, Mark (Joan) Arnold of Tulsa, Okla., and Philip Arnold of Alexander, Iowa; three daughters, Deborah (Franco) Iulianelli of Pataskala, Ohio, Martha (Steve) Heather of Runnels, Iowa, and Mary Arnold '86 (Paul) Cornish of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Harry Arnold of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Randall J. Baar '57 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. He was 73.

He was born in Zeeland, Mich., and graduated from Zeeland High School in 1953. After graduating from Hope, he earned a master's degree from Michigan State University.

He was a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual for 45 years. He received his CLU and ChFC, and was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

He was a member of Third Reformed Church and was active for many years with the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Silver Beaver Award for his lifelong involvement with scouting.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judith Rypma '57 Baar; their children, Scott R. Baar '84 of Holland; Sarah Baar '87 (Tim) VandenBerg of Holland, and Ann (Robert) Feyen of Duluth, Minn.; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Baar of Holland; five grandchildren; his sister, Olga (Jason) Schrotenboer of Zeeland; in-laws, Nancy (James) Van Dam of Grand Haven, Mich., and John Rypma of Holland; and nieces, nephews and cousins.


Jason A. Blout '05 of Aurora, Colo., died on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, following a long battle with melanoma. He was 25.

He was born at home in Woodland Park, Colo., on May 1, 1983, to Elizabeth and Marcus Blout.

Throughout his life, he demonstrated a passion for academic achievement, graduating as Valedictorian from Thornton (Colo.) High School in 2001 in an advanced placement curriculum of International Baccalaureate. He was also an outstanding athlete, lettering in baseball. As captain of the baseball team, he was named most valuable player.

He earned a B.A. at Hope with a double major -- psychology and Spanish -- in three years.

He was gifted with a voice and a love of music that he shared by frequently singing stanzas ranging from Bobby McFerrin to Italian arias.

He was a Christian. All who knew him would become immediately aware of his compassionate interest and concern for everyone he met and for all of mankind.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Joe Mowen.

Survivors include his parents, Marcus and Betsy Blout; siblings, Kate and Scott Blout; grandparents, Betty Mowen and Harry and Patricia Blout; and aunts, uncles and cousins.


Jean Ruiter '43 Brondyke of Beverly, Mass., died on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. She was 87.

She was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Muskegon, Mich.

While raising her family in Niles, Mich., she taught pre-school, and she enjoyed gardening, bridge club, and cheering for all Michigan football teams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Brondyke '42; a son, Robert Brondyke; and siblings Marion DeWeerd and Ernie Ruiter.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Brondyke of Asheville, N.C.; her daughter, Barbara Brondyke '81 (Charles) Thomas of Beverly Farms, Mass.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


James T. Burger '43 of Simsbury, Conn., died on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. He was 87.

He was born in Ramsey, N.J., and had lived in Simsbury for more than 43 years.

He was a veteran who served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned his wings and the rank of lieutenant j.g.

He had a long professional career in finance and estate planning, serving as vice president of marketing & sales and trust services for Hartford Bank (now Bank of America).

He was past president of the Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council of Hartford and a member of the Certified Life Underwriters. Additionally he served as a corporator of both St. Francis Hospital and the former Newington Children's Hospital.

Golf was his passion, and he was an active member of the Hopmeadow Country Club for more than 40 years. He enjoyed sailing, music and dancing, and he was known for his kindness and charming sense of humor.

He was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Simsbury, where he was a former trustee.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janna D. Patrina; a sister, Grace Burger; and three sisters-in-law, Frances Train, Elizabeth Berg and Marjorie Kennedy.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Van Duzer '44 Burger; a son, James T. Burger Jr. of Norwich, Vt.; two sisters-in-law, Marcia Van Skiver and Eleanor Rae Van Duzer; and many nieces and nephews.


William G. Bylsma of Holland, Mich., formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. He was 99.

After 49 years of service at Steelcase, he retired as superintendent of tooling.

He was a member of Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids and First Reformed Church of Holland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Pelon Bylsma, in 1998 and by two great-grandchildren, Taylor Marie Bylsma and Jaide Taylor Bylsma.

Survivors include his son, Gary '60 (Judy) Bylsma of Holland; grandchildren, Dan '84 (Janice) Bylsma, Tom '86 (Susan Beswick '86) Bylsma and Betsy Bylsma '91 (Russell) Kopp, all of Hudsonville; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Ralph Bylsma of Montague, Mich.; his sister-in-law, Nettie Kamp of Spring Lake, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.


Michael J. Camburn '94 of Saint Johns, Mich., died peacefully and unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. He was 37.

He was born on May 5, 1971, in Lansing, Mich., the son of James and Eleanor (Boluk) Camburn.

He graduated from St. Johns High School in 1989 and earned a B.S. in chemistry at Hope.

He was employed at Emergent Bio-Solutions in Lansing.

He married Terri Tigelaar '84 on Aug. 15, 1998, and their daughter, Zoe, was born on May 5, 2006.

Mike had a great love of God, his wife and their daughter. He enjoyed spending every spare moment playing with his daughter.

He also enjoyed traveling, woodworking, computers, flying kites and attending kite festivals. He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed going on biking trips with his wife and father. He enjoyed solving various mathematical problems with his father and he was an active member of Lowe United Methodist Church.

Survivors in addition to his wife and daughter include his parents, James and Eleanor Camburn of St. Johns; his parents-in-law, Merle and Gertrude Tiggelaar of Hudsonville, Mich.; his sisters, Sara Camburn of DeWitt, Mich., and Jenny Camburn of Dimondale, Mich.; sisters- and brothers-in law, Lori (David) Besteman and Vicky (Alvin) Kollar, all of Hudsonville, and Dean (Suzanne) Tigelaar of Cleveland, Ohio.


Ralph P. Cornell '49 of Dearborn, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. He was 82.

He retired from teaching and coaching at Edsel Ford High School.

He is in the Dearborn Recreation Department Hall of Fame and the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

He and his wife, Phyllis Dietrich '48 Cornell, established a scholarship at Hope.

Survivors in addition to his wife include his children, Ken (Lindsay) Cornell, Paul '75 (Deborah Maxwell '75) Cornell, Dave (Mary) Cornell, and Scott (Dorothy) Cornell; eight grandchildren, including Emily Cornell '06 and Katherine Cornell '08; and two great-granddaughters.


A. Ruth Van Alsburg '31 Cotts of Jefferson City, Tenn., and formerly Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. She was 100.

She graduated from Hope and attended Western Theological Seminary.

She was a member of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she served as Christian education director for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Cotts '34 in 1970, her brothers, Franklin Van Alsburg and Donald Van Alsburg '27, and a niece.

Survivors include her son, Ronald '60 (Sonja) Cotts of New Port, Tenn.; her sister, Esther Van Alsburg '40 Aardsma of Holland, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Franklin (Lucy) Van Alsburg of Holland; and many nieces and nephews.


Philip G. Crook of Westbrook, Maine, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

He was a professor of biology at Hope, teaching from 1955 until 1968.

Survivors include a niece, Candice Walters.


Mary Angalutis Dean of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. She was 84.

She was born in Beacon, N.Y., and was employed at her family-owned Red Apple Restaurant before working at IBM in Fishkill, N.Y. Subsequently the Deans owned and operated McLean's Delicatessen in Schenectady, N.Y. Later Mary worked for Wegman's in Auburn, N.Y.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and was active in several church activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Dean in 2003, and a daughter, Martha Lotano in 1999.

Her daughter, Eva Dean ’83 (Calvin ’81) Folkert, is assistant professor of kinesiology at Hope, as well as director of athletics for women and coach of women’s golf.

Additional survivors include her other children, Patricia (Salvatore) Page of Schenectady, Judi Dean Sloan of Holland, Denise Larrabee of Schenectady, and Robert C. Dean of Silver Spring, Md.; a son-in-law, Paul Lotano of Schenectady; six grandchildren, including Peter Folkert ’10 and Matthew Folkert ’13; a sister, Jo (Dan) Pericles of Wappinger Falls, N.Y.; and a brother-in-law, Charles Dean of Syracuse, N.Y.


Leon J. DeJongh '36 of Bradenton, Fla., died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. He was 94.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for three and a half years during World War II.

He was an accountant in the quality control department of General Motors Fisher Body Plant #1 in Grand Rapids, Mich., retiring after 33 years of service in 1974.

He was a member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Margaret DeJongh, on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.

Survivors include two sons, L. Carl (Veda) DeJongh of Palmetto, Fla., and Curt (Mary) DeJongh of Grand Haven, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Milton Denekas '40 of Roanoke, Va., died on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. He was 90.

He was born on April 20, 1918, in Dempster, S.D., the sixth child of Wolbert and Matilda Denekas.

After graduating from Hope, he earned a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Michigan and then worked for Upjohn. He was later a professor of chemistry at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma for 10 years. He also worked for Standard Oil (now Exxon) in Tulsa, and then transferred to Houston, Texas, working on tertiary oil recovery and oil chemistry until he retired.

He met his wife, Laura Hume, in Tulsa and they were married in 1949. They had three sons. She preceded him in death in 1999.

He was an active member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, where he sang in the choir and served as an elder.

He liked to garden and had amazing amounts of tomatoes and vegetables each year. He also helped his wife grow azaleas.

In 2003 he moved to Virginia to live near his son Alan, enjoying time with his family until he died.


Dorothy Irene Marie Atkins '46 Dugan of Bristol, Tenn., died peacefully at her home on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, after a short illness. She was 84.

She was born in New Paltz, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 1923, the daughter of Lemuel Atkins and Vira Edna Lockwood Atkins.

She had been a resident of Bristol since 1958, and taught for many years at Valley Pike Elementary School, Bluff City High School and East High School. She earned a master's degree in mathematics from East Tennessee State University in 1972.

Survivors include three sons, Edward of Bristol; Terry of Lilburn, Ga., and Kevin of Roland, Ark.; two sisters, Helen Junckett of Portland, Ore., and Rosanna Atkins '45 Wallace of Somerville, N.J.; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.


Jack L. Dykstra '53 of Muskegon, Mich., died unexpectedly from a brain herorrhage on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was 76.

He was born in his favorite season, spring, on May 13, 1931, in Muskegon to the late Joseph and H. Fanny (Beddo) Dykstra, and he resided in the Muskegon area all of his life. He graduated from Muskegon High School in 1949. He earned an associate's degree from Muskegon Community College, a bachelor's degree from Hope and a master's degree from Michigan State University.

He served his country in Korea in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He taught mathematics at Grand Haven High School for 30 years.

He was a member of Westwood Reformed Church, Viking Linne Lodge 57, GHEA, MEA and NEA, and was past President of the Y's Men.

On Dec. 29, 1956, he married the former Marlene E. DeVette ’56. Together they traveled to Seoul, Korea, for their 50th wedding anniversary to visit their daughter.

Jack loved to laugh and always had a smile on his face.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; two children, Douglas ’80 and (Diana Faller ’78) Dykstra of Alexandria, Va., and Denise Dykstra ’84 (Robert) Lamoureux of Seoul, Republic of Korea; two grandchildren, Colleen Megan and Jack Douglas Lamoureux; five sisters, Helen Dykstra ’50 (Gerald) DeLoy of Brooklyn, Mich., Margaret Hall of Montague, Mich., Joan Buckley of Muskegon, Joyce Twiest of Nunica, Mich., and Mary (Brian) Connell of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and 38 nieces and nephews.


Wesley C. Dykstra '46 of Alma, Mich., died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was 86.

After graduating from Hope, he attended Western Theological Seminary and also did postgraduate study at Union Theological Seminary.

He taught philosophy for several years at Muskingum College and then taught at Alma College until he retired in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his father, B.D. Dykstra, 1896; four brothers, D. Ivan Dykstra '35, Adelphos A. Dykstra '35, Anthony P. Dykstra '41 and E. David Dykstra '49.

Survivors include his brother Vergil Dykstra '49 of Fairfax, Va., and many nieces and nephews.


Carolyn DeLeeuw '72 Essenburgh of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, following complications of liver disease. She was 58.

She was born in Holland on Feb. 27, 1950, the third of 13 children of Warner and Frayna DeLeeuw, who preceded her in death.

She lived in Holland her entire life. She graduated from Holland Christian High School. She was educated as a teacher at Hope and had worked at Meijer and Big Dutchman and later as a substitute teacher in area schools.

She had been an active participant in Bible Study Fellowship since its inception in the Holland area in 1985, having served in various leadership capacities for the organization until the end of her life. She touched many lives by her fine example of belief and trust in God.

She was an excellent cook and seamstress and an avid reader who collected dolls and loved traveling. She was devoted to her grandsons.

In 1970 she married Thomas Essenburgh, her loving husband of 38 years, who survives her.

Other survivors include her daugher, Susan Essenburgh '96 (Drew) Berendt, and her son, Robert Essenburgh (Lindsey Fulks), all of Holland; two grandsons, John Russell (J.R.) Bouws and Parker Drew Behrendt; 12 brothers and sisters and their spouses, Ann (Robert) Decker of Louisville, Ky., Warner '71 (Lynne Girod '71) DeLeeuw of Grand Rapids, Mich., Nancy (John) Bolt of Holland, Gayle (Michael) Grotenhuis of West Olive, Mich., Faith (Calvin) Prins of Holland, Daniel (Joan) DeLeeuw of Holland, Dawn (Preston) Kragt of Holland, Janice (Scott) VandenBerg of Holland, Kristi (Michael) Dekker of West Olive, David "Duke" (Jennifer) DeLeeuw of West Olive, John (Debra) DeLeeuw of Zeeland, Mich., and Steven (Lori) DeLeeuw of West Olive; her sister-in-law, Carol Roberts of Holland; 36 nieces and nephews; her paternal aunts, Clara DeLeeuw, Wilma DeLeeuw and Nell Wiers; her maternal uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Colman; and many cousins.


Julius Essink (Prep '33) of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. He was 93.

He was a member of Overisel Reformed Church, where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher.

He attended Western Michigan University for two years and earned a degree in teaching. He taught school in the Overisel and East Saugatuck area for four years. Then he farmed in the Overisel area for many years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha; a great-granddaughter; and a brother, Jerome Essink.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Minnie; his children, Orval "Junior" (Marilyn) Essink of Zeeland, Mich., Marilyn Cranmer of Grand Rapids, Mich., Larry (Gay) Vander Bie of Brooksville, Fla., and Rick '78 (Gayle) Vander Bie of Holland; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister, Muriel Prins of Holland; in-laws, Anita Essink, Rosie Kortman, and Marvin Ten Brink, all of Holland, and Harvey and Joyce Gebben of Alpena, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.


June P. Fiedler '54 of New York City died on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. She was 75.

She was the daughter of William and Rachel Fiedler, who preceded her in death.

After graduating from Hope, she earned a B.S. from Columbia University and an R.N. from Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University School of Nursing. During most of her career, she served at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx (N.Y.) as a cardiovascular clinical nursing specialist.


M. Eugene Flipse Jr. '40 of Gainesville, Fla., died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. He was 89.

He was born in Montville, N.J., and attended New York City Public Schools. He was the son of M. Eugene Flipse Sr. 1916 and Callie DeMotts '16 Flipse. His grandfather, Martin Flipse 1890, served on the Hope College board of trustees during the presidency of Irwin Lubbers, and received an honorary D.D. degree from Hope in 1940. A scholarship fund at Hope was established in memory of his aunt and uncle, M. Jay '17 and Alice Raap '19 Flipse.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Reserve, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve.

He was a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where he attended on a full scholarship. He was an intern and resident in contagious disease at Boston (Mass.) City Hospital; a resident in pathology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Fla.; a fellow in medicine and experimental pathology at Mayo Foundation and Mayo Clinic from 1949 to 1952; and a resident in pulmonary disease at Nopeming (Minn.) Sanatorium.

He founded the University of Miami's Student Health center in 1957 at a time when campus health centers were a rarity, and directed it until he retired in 1994. Prior to that, he was a medical researcher in lung disease and tuberculosis, a professor at the Miller School of Medicine (University of Miami), and head of a private practice.

He lived his last years fishing at his Everglades City cabin and traveling with his partner, Virginia Murray, who survives him.

Other survivors include his children, Lynn Flipse Lesousky, Sharon Pederson, Marja Robinson, Andra Flipse, Callie Flipse and M. Eugene Flipse III. A grandson, Michael Lesousky, will enroll at Hope in August.


Rosalind Scholten '47 Gainsborg of Ewing Township, N.J., died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. She was 84.

She was born in Cobleskill, N.Y., and had resided in Ewing Township for many years. She earned a master's degree from Rutgers University.

She taught school in the Somerville (N.J.) School System. After the war in the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked for the American Sugar Corp. in New York City as personnel director. She was then office manager for her husband at the Trenton Bearing Company. Before her retirement, she was employed by the state of New Jersey as personnel director for the Division of Labor and Industry.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing for many years, where she was a former deacon and elder.

She was a great-granddaughter of Philip Phelps, the first president of Hope College; the daughter of the late Rev. George B. Scholten 1911 and Adriana Otte Gainsborg; and wife of the late Edward R. Gainsborg, Sr., who died February 22, 1999.

Survivors include her son, Edward R. (Laura) Gainsborg Jr. of Pennington, N.J.; her daughter, Joy Elspeth Smith of Willistown, Pa.; a sister, Elaine Scholten '45 Stephen of Newville, Pa., and three grandchildren, Justin M. Smith, Richard E. G. Gainsborg, and Timothy B. A. Gainsborg.


Frances Price '40 Hallan of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. She was 90.

She was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and lived in Holland for the last 74 years.

She graduated from Holland High School in 1936 and attended Hope for two years. In 1940 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in business.

She was a longtime member of Hope Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hallan '39, in 1981 after 40 years of marriage.

Survivors include her children, Bobbi (Tom) Frey of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Sally Laukitis of Holland, and Jim (Beth) Hallan of Okemos, Mich.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Jeanne Price '42 Prince of Macatawa, Mich.; her brother, Bill (Abby) Price of Holland; sisters-in-law, Jean Hazewinkel of Ramsey, Minn., and Barbara Aubil of Moline, Mich.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.


Word has been received of the death of Florence R. Hampton '40 of Hamilton, N.Y., who died on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. She was 91.


Charles Bert Hazekamp '54 of of Muskegon, Mich., died on Saturday, March 7, 2009, after a hard-fought illness. He was 77.

He grew up in Muskegon and graduated from Muskegon High School.

He served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He took over the family business, Hazekamp Meats, and devoted much time to community service. He was a leader at Unity Reformed Church, and dedicated himself effortlessly to those around him.

Chuck had a way of making everybody he came in contact with feel welcome and comfortable in his presence. He had many, many friends who will always treasure his kindness, sense of humor and gentleness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hazekamp; a sister-in-law, Joyce (Donald) Semelbauer; and his parents, Georgia and Bert Hazekamp.

Survivors include his sons, Charles Jr. (Karen) Hazekamp of Stanton, Mich., David (Julie) Hazekamp of Fruitport, Mich., Jeffery (Gwen) Hazekamp of Janesville, Wis., and Michael (Michelle) Hazekamp of Fruitport; 12 grandchildren, including Stephen Hazekamp ’10; one great-grandson; a sister, Janice (Ron) Umstead; a brother-in-law, James (Mary Lou) Kramer; a sister-in-law, Donna (Clyde) Gurzynski; and a special lady who brought hime love and joy for 14 years, Ruth Leafers.


Irving D. Hellenga '44 of Toccoa, Ga., died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. He was 86.

He was a retired physician.

Survivors include his wife, Myra Hellenga, and his brother, Wayne '49 (Janice) Hennenga of Decatur, Mich.


Donald Ihrman '49 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008. He was 83.

He was born in Holland and served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from Hope and Western Michigan University.

Following teaching jobs in the Michigan cities of Muskegon, Benton Harbor and Paw Paw, he served as superintendent of the Holland Public Schools from 1964 until he retired in 1985.

He was a member of Third Reformed Church and was active in the community, serving on numerous boards. He was widely recognized for his contributions to education and to the community.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lynne VanWeelden '51 Ihrman; his children, Laurel Ihrman, David Ihrman, and Claire Ihrman '84 (Tim) Vogelzang; two grandchildren; step-brothers, Howard Langeland and Arthur Langeland; and several nieces and nephews.


Priscilla Grace Inkpen '69 of Boulder, Colo., died at home on Saturday, March 21, 2009, after surviving two years with ovarian cancer. She was 62.

Priscilla was born in Detroit, Mich. on Feb. 13, 1947, and moved to Ann Arbor, where she attended secondary and high school. She graduated from Hope College, class of 1969, where she majored in English. A junior-year abroad in Beirut, Lebanon, fed Priscilla’s commitment to a global worldview, an intense engagement with international dimensions of peace and justice, and an openness to other cultures. She returned to Hope in 1988, invited to give the fourth annual A.J. Muste Memorial Peace Lecture, titled “Christian Violence: Examining a Chronic Pathology.”

The year after college, Priscilla married Bruce Ronda, also a Hope graduate, and they moved to New Haven, Conn. Priscilla received an Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1976 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. In 1977, their daughter, Margaret, was born.

Priscilla worked in a series of congregations as a minister: an inner-city Reformed Church in Paterson, N.J.; a UCC congregation in New Haven; a small, rural, United Methodist congregation; and an American Baptist church in downtown Schenectady, N.Y. In 1985, they moved to Boulder, Colo., where Priscilla began campus-ministry work at the University of Colorado.

As Priscilla continued her lifelong inner explorations, she found the need to come out as a lesbian, and to end her first marriage. She was especially honored to serve as one of the plaintiffs in the 1992 lawsuit that overturned Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2. The decision was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 1996 as Romer v. Evans.

Priscilla met Paula Zoller in 1992, and they held a celebration of commitment in 1994.

In the late 1990s, Priscilla decided to return to school, this time to study issues of consumerism and ecological awareness. She received, in 1997, a master's degree in social science from the University of Colorado, Denver. This area of study prompted a deeper interest in discovering ways to live sustainably on the earth, and intensified her appreciation for the natural world.

Priscilla’s best and final workplace was Naropa University in Boulder, where her abilities were well matched with her responsibilities as associate dean of students, and where her identity as an educator-activist was fully appreciated. She worked closely with students, particularly around diversity and GLBTQ issues. Among her many accomplishments at Naropa was the creation of a joyful public celebration of Coming Out Day on campus every year. She also taught progressive/contemplative Christianity courses and offered contemplative worship services for Christians and seekers. The last class she taught was “Mysticism and Prophecy.”

Central to Priscilla’s life was the contemplation of what she described as “the Spirit of God in our lives.” She dedicated her energy to the qualities of compassion and service she saw in the life of Jesus and other spiritual teachers. She also thought deeply about the mysteries of faith, often finding the “Holy One” in “darkness and silence,” and in the prayers of the mystics.

Survivors include her partner, Paula Zoller; her daughter, Margaret Ronda (Tobias Menely) of Portland, Ore.; and one sister, Ruth Inkpen of New Brighton, Pa. Priscilla’s friends are legion.


Dr. Jeanne McKee Jacobson died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 77.

Dr. Jacobson was born on Oct. 26, 1931, the daughter of Edward Price McKee and Jean Reba Smiley Sheppard McKee.

She was the widow of Dr. John H. Jacobson (1933-2005), who was the president of Hope from 1987 to 1999. Their 50-year marriage was a happy one.

The Jacobsons retired in 1999 and they continued in teaching and church service. Dr. Jeanne Jacobson retired from Hope as adjunct professor emerita of education, while remaining a senior research fellow with the college's A.C. Van Raalte Institute.

Dr. Jacobson earned a Bachelor's degree in English literature in 1953 from Swarthmore College, a Master's degree in Reading Education in 1973 from SUNY Brockport, and a Ph.D. in Education Psychology and Statistics in 1981 from SUNY Albany. After college she taught kindergarten and then became head teacher of three-year-olds at the Yale Child Study Center. Subsequently she ran her own nursery school, worked as a reading teacher in the public schools, and served as a private school principal. When she moved to Michigan with her husband in 1987, she joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in the Department of Educational and Professional Development. In 1996, she became a Senior Research Fellow at the A.C. Van Raalte Institute in Holland.

Dr. Jacobson is the author of Content Area Reading: Integration with the Language Arts, and a co-author of Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot, A Dream Fulfilled: The Van Raalte Sculpture in Centennial Park and Detecta-Crostics: Puzzles of Mystery.

The Hope College Board of Trustees established an endowed chair in honor of the Jacobsons in 1999 as a retirement recognition.

She is survived by three children, Mr. John Edward Jacobson of Lake Forest, Ill., Mrs. Jean Katharine Jacobson Pokrzywka of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Dr. Jennie Grace Jacobson of Carmel, Ind.; and by eight grandchildren, John F. Jacobson, Grace Huang, Sarah Jacobson, John Pokrzywka, Jacqueline Jacobson, Molly Pokrzywka, Miranda Huang and Michael Jacobson. A son, James George Jacobson '95, preceded her in death.

A private memorial service, for immediate family, will be held in the Siesta Key Memorial Garden and conducted by Dr. Karl Kling, pastor of Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Jacobson was a member, and by Dr. Margaret Towner, a longtime friend.


Patricia Kort '75 Klingenberg of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. She was 55.

She was born in Mahwah, N.J.

She was co-owner of Major Brands Oil Co. and was a member of Christ Memorial Church.

Survivors include her sons, Kyle (Mandy) Klingenberg of Saugatuck, Mich., and Justin Klingenberg of Holland; two granddaughters; her mother, Jean Kort of Mahwah, N.J.; her parents-in-law, Tony and Ann Klingenberg of Holland; her brothers, Thomas (Jeanne) Kort of Grandville, Mich., Ronald (Kim) Kort of Highland Falls, N.Y., and Kevin Kort '78 of Traverse City, Mich.; her sisters, Debbie Kort '86 (Steve) Matson of Mahwah, N.J., and Cynthia (Thomas) Hendrix of southern New Jersey.


Cynthia Schipper '40 Knickel of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. She was 91.

She taught in the public and Christian school systems.

She and her late husband, William Knickel, spent several years as missionaries in the Midwest.

She was a charter member of Faith Christian Center. Scripture memorization was her passion.

Survivors include her siblings, Harris (Stella) Schipper, Wayne (Doris) Schipper, and Eunice Schipper '52 Vandenbelt, all of Holland; and several nieces and nephews.


Sharon Meeuwsen '63 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. She was 67.

Survivors include her siblings, Howard (Jean) Meeuwsen of Coopersville, Mich., Ellen (Dave) Gort of Dorr, Darl (Karen) Meeuwsen of Hudsonville, Mich., Loren (Teri) Meeuwsen of Hudsonville, and Marybeth (Bob) Vander Ploeg of Zeeland, Mich.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


J. David Menchhofer '49 of Ellenwood, Ga., died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. He was 86.

He was born in Northfield, Minn., and graduated from East Lansing (Mich.) High School, Hope, and United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn.

He was a retired United Church of Christ minister who served in ministry for 55 years.

He was awarded Chaplain of the Year in 2003 at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Menchhofer; his sons, Earl Menchhofer (Pamela Smith) of Hoyleton, Ill., Joseph David (Kimberly) Menchhofer III of Conyers, Ga., and Dale Menchhofer (Martha Hunting) of Seattle, Wash.; and five grandchildren.


Lois Koopman ’44 Miller of Clyde, Ohio, died on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. She was 85.

She was born in Overisel, Mich., on Sept. 16, 1923, to James and Amilda (Arink) Koopman.

In addition to graduating from Hope, she attended the University of Michigan and taught at Clyde-Green Springs Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1983.

On Sept. 15, 1950, she married Glenn R. Miller. He preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 2007.

She was a member of Clyde Christian Church, where she served as an elder, Sunday school teacher, and on the fellowship committee. She was also a member of state church committees. She was a member of Progress Club, the Farm Bureau Council, and Sandusky Co. Retired Teachers, having served as secretary to the organization. She worked part time at the switchboard at St. Francis in Green Springs.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Russell Koopman.

Survivors include four children, Mary Kay (Dennis) Blair of Bellevue, Ohio; Diane (Craig) Husch of Racine, Wis.; Bruce Miller of Columbus, Ohio; and Cheryl Miller of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild.


Esther Molenaar of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Esther was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to the late Peter Sopjes and Cornelia (Booden) Sopjes in 1934. She graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1951.

Esther studied organ under Dr. Glenn Henderson, Dr. Arnolds Kalnajs, and Dr. Roger Davis (Hope College). She served as the organist at Fourth Reformed Church in Kalamazoo and Christ Memorial Reformed Church in Holland for 38 years. Esther served as a Congregational Care Elder at Christ Memorial.

She worked at Hope as manager of the department of advancement services from 1980 to 1993.

Esther fought courageously against cancer and was a role model in her grace and dignity. Her personal motto was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). She wanted to live for her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith DeBoer; a brother, Frederick (Leona) Sopjes; a grandson, Oliver K. Molenaar; and a brother-in-law, Bert Blodgett.

Survivors include her husband, Harold E. Molenaar ’56; their children, Daniel ’81 (Susan Kuipers ’81) Molenaar of Portage, Mich., and William (Astrida) Molenaar of East Grand Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren, Derek, Aleksandrs, Erik, and Ellen Molenaar ’09; brothers, Robert (Phyllis) Sopjes, Richard (Wilma) Sopjes; a sister, Betty (Vern) Lewis; a brother-in-law, Paul DeBoer; her mother-in-law, Esther I. Molenaar; brother-in-law Roger (Judy) Molenaar; and sister-in-law Barb Blodgett.


Joan E. Mueller of Ferryville, Wis., died on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. She was 79.

She was an English professor who taught at Hope from 1960 to 1977. Her specialty was Renaissance literature. She created two off-campus programs -- The Rural Semester (held at her Holland farm) and another in conjunction with The Philadelphia Semester. She was a strong supporter of Hope's Black Coalition's drive for more professors of color and for courses inclusive of Black literature and history. She was known as a challenging and inspirational professor.

In retirement she bred Clun Forest sheep and, more recently, sheep dogs.


Lester I. Nienhuis '45 of Tulsa, Okla., died on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. He was 87.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1922, in Holland, Mich., to Alice Van Den Berg and Albert Nienhuis.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and interned at the University of Michigan Hospital, where he also did a four-year residency in surgery.

During the Korean War, he served as a M.A.S.H. unit chief of surgery. He also served in the Army Medical Corps as a captain until 1954.

In 1954 he moved to Tulsa to establish a medical practice and later became a founder of Surgical Associates. He was an expert in fluid and electrolytes and oversaw the first artificial kidney procedure in Tulsa.

He was a diplomat for the American Board of Surgery. He was a past president of the Tulsa Surgical Society and Southern Hills Country Club. He was also a member of the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society, the American College of Surgery, the Western Surgical Society, and the Southwestern Surgical Congress.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he had an internship and a residency in general surgery.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Rayzor Nienhuis; his brother, Vernon D. Nienhuis of Orlando, Fla.; his son, James I. Nienhuis of Houston, Texas; his daughters, Gay (John) Greer of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa (Jack) Allan of Austin, Texas; and six grandchildren.


Word has been received of the death of Dawn Downey ’69 Ohlsen of Richton Park, Ill., who died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005.

She was a teacher for 25 years in School District 148, serving on many committees.

She was a choir member and sang for many churches.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rollin Downey.

Survivors include her husband, Rand Ohlsen, and her mother, Trudie Downey.


Torsten Reuterdahl '40 of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. He was 91. He had been living at a local nursing facility for the past few years.

He was born on March 13, 1917, in Sweden to Dr. Nils and Gurlie Reuterdahl. When he was 12, he and his mother and two brothers moved to the United States. They came to Spring Lake, Mich., where relatives lived, and Torsten attended elementary and high school.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked for various automotive parts manufacturing companies, including Anderson Bolling Manufacturing Co. of Spring Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Reuterdahl, and his two brothers, Bert Reuterdahl and Nils Reuterdahl.

Survivors include his daughter, Sandra (Wallace) Morey of Lansing, Mich.; his sons, Kenneth Reuterdahl Sr. of Grand Haven, Lars Reuterdahl of Land O' Lakes, Fla., and Quinn Reuterdahl of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Raymond Henry Rigterink '38 of Midland, Mich., died on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. He was 92.

He was born on May 30, 1916, in Overisel, Mich., the son of Henry and Hattie (Klomp) Rigterink. On June 24, 1944, he married the former Leta Schaeffer in Sturgis, Mich.

He had been a resident of Midland since 1943.

Upon graduating from Purdue University, he found employment with The Dow Chemical Co. as a research chemist, where he holds several patents and achieved many awards.

He was an avid gardener and a charter member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Merle Rigterink ’33.

Survivors include his wife, Leta Rigterink; a son, Randy Rigterink also of Midland; daughters, Karyn (Gene) Boyd of Hudsonville, Mich., and Paula (Larry) Teter of LaFayette, La.; six
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Jay Rigterink of Holland, Mich.; a sister, Hulda Rigterink ’41 (Irv ’43) Folkert of Overisel; and sister-in-law, Elnore Rigterink of Fond du Lac, Wis.


Nathan J. Roelofs '42 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. He was 87.

He was born in Zeeland, Mich., on February 12, 1921, to Bert and Antionette (DeJonge) Roelofs.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean conflict.

He married Helen Hoffman on August 14, 1946. She preceded him in death.

He retired after teaching mathematics at Muskegon High School for 40 years.

He was a lifetime member of Westwood Reformed Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting coins.

Survivors include his children, Nathelee Roelofs '70 (James) Bowman of Appleton, Wis.; Nancy Bloomquist of Twin Lake, Mich.; Scott (Gayle) Roelofs of Midland, Mich., Steven Roelofs of Chicago, Ill., and Jeffrey Roelofs '86 of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Kenny Hoffman; and sisters-in-law, Lavina Hoekstra, Joyce Fett and Noreen Roelofs.


Gwendolyn Schow Rule '94 of Wilson, Wyo., died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. She was 77.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1931, in Salt Lake, Utah. She was a longtime resident of Long Beach, Calif., and a 1949 graduate of Poly High School.

After a short career as a TWA hostess, she married and raised a family. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Long Beach.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Ronald Rule; their three children, LeeAnn (Lannie) Ziemann of La Canada, Calif., Bradley Rule of Libertyville, Ill., and Brian Rule of Albuquerque, N.M.; her sister, Betty Hawkes of San Diego, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


Paul Kenneth Schieringa '57 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. He was 74.

He was a Christian, and a man who had several careers, some of which included accountant, professional actor and singer. He volunteered in many community theatres and communities. He was surprised to be asked to teach in Guam, while he was picking his wife Patti up from her teaching job there. He became certified as a teacher in Guam. He was also a father, husband, grandfather and friend who always strove to make things better at home and at the workplace.

Born March 28, 1934, in Holland, Mich., to Peter and Mary (Van Kampen) Schieringa, Paul was an only child. Peter and Mary worked hard to raise their son during the Depression years and the World War II years that followed. Paul grew up in the Holland area and attended Holland Public Schools. He was active in the Boy Scouts and cherished the time he spent with his grandparents. The Schieringa family attended the Fourth Reformed Church. Paul and Patti returned to Fourth Reformed Church until the stairs were too much for him and transferred to 14th St. C.R.C.

While in high school, he was involved in band and operating the sound at the Civic Center. After high school, Paul enrolled at Hope, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Hope, he was on call for emergency blood transfusions for Blue Babies at Holland Hospital. He was even called out of class to give vein to vein blood transfusions from a special blood type. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from Founding Church, Washington, D.C., in 1963. He started choirs and/or directed choirs in many churches the rest of his life.

At the 30-year reunion of his Hope College class, Paul met a special lady named Patti Poling ’58 Knoll. Once Paul met her, he couldn’t stay away, and kept showing up to talk, discuss and debate. These weren’t exactly dates, and many of their meetings ended up in heated discussions; but through these talks they realized that they were “of like minds.” While Patti was teaching at Vacation Bible School on July 14, 1987, Paul left a message on her bulletin board that read, “What are you doing for the rest of your life?” Patti called Paul, telling him about how the class was. She had not seen the bulletin board. He told her where the note was, and she answered yes, knowing that he never held grudges, and they always had settled every discussion, setting the tone for their future relationship. A friend asked Patti, “Do you love him?” and she responded, “No, but I will.” and she did. The two were married at Peace Lutheran Church on December 27, 1987.

Paul was the director of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Mich., for a time, and then went to a job in Toledo, Ohio. In June, 1991, Paul found a job advertisement for Patti to teach in Guam. He told her to apply and that “she could always turn it down.” She called and got an appointment in Bowling Green, Ohio. She returned home with a temporary contract, depending on police clearance and her health. They had one month to clear everything in two states, Michigan and Ohio, in order to move to Guam.

Paul became the ultimate stepfather, welcoming Patti’s children with warmth and love. They in turn, along with their children, reciprocated with warmth and love as well.

For his selfless volunteer efforts in Guam, Paul was awarded the Ancient Order of Chamorri by the Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez, and was made an honorary citizen of Guam. Paul felt very honored.

His stage name was Paul Shearing, and he belonged to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Patti jokingly said that Paul “got the girl many times” (on stage and her in real life). One of the roles that brought Paul the greatest joy was the role of Santa Claus at Christmas time. He brightened Christmas for many children who still cherish the memories of these special times.

After retirement, Paul continued to enjoy acting, crossword puzzles, and sports on T.V. He also watched musicals, organ programs and shows featuring Perry Como and Tony Bennett. He loved “overseeing” the gardening and watching the antics of the squirrels at the bird feeder from the comfort of his recliner.

Paul was a loving, thoughtful man, who in his quiet way touched the lives of many. He gave of his time in every community he lived in. His volunteer service in theatre, with children and in church brought joy to many. He will be remembered with love by his stepchildren, wife and friends, as well as all who were blessed to know him.

He was preceded in death by two children, Kerry Knoll and Kurt Knoll.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Patti; children, Paul (Barb) Knoll of Berrien Springs, Mich., Rochelle Knoll of Holland, and David H. Knoll of Holland; grandchildren, Deanna Knoll, Dan Ridlington, and Darryl Knoll; and many cousins.


Douglas E. Schlaff '95 of Manistee, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 35.

He was born April 14, 1973, in Muskegon, Mich., the son of Raymond and Claire (Gotbereg) Schlaff. In 1991 he graduated from Montague High School, where he was a standout basketball player. He also played basketball at Hope for three years.

On June 28, 1997, he married Polly Cornfield at Whitehall Evangelical Covenant Church. She survives him.

He was a high school guidance counselor at Manistee Area Public Schools from 1996 to 2008.

He was a member of the Manistee United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ejner and Hazel Gotberg and Edward and Dorothy Schlaff.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and his parents, include his three sons, Grant, Drew and Benjamin; his brother, Paul '93 (Regina) Schlaff of Muskegon; his sister-in-law, Jenny (Andy) Buck of Whitehall; his father-in-law, Thomas Cornfield of Montague; his mother-in-law, Sue Cornfield of Whitehall; and two nephews and a niece.


Walter A. Scholten '50 of Beloit, Wis., died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. He was 81.

He was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Tarrytown, N.Y., the son of Walter A. Sr. 18 and Frances Marion Thoms 21 Scholten.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a sergeant in the occupation in Italy.

He was a 1954 graduate of Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Ill.

He married Joyce Fitzsimmons on Nov. 6, 1954, in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She preceded him in death on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007.

He was employed with the Beloit Clinic as a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a ruling elder for nine years. He was also a deacon, a choir member and a member of the worship team.

He was a member of the American Medical Association for more than 50 years. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was also a member of the Rock County Medical Society and the Rock County Surgical Society, serving as a past president for both. He was a member of the Beloit Regional Hospice board, the Beloit Board of Health, and the Beloit Historical Society. He had been a member of the Rotary Club of Beloit since 1963.

He loved life; he saw beauty everywhere. He reveled in social and charitable gatherings. His love of meeting people and striking up conversations with strangers was both infamous and endearing to his family. Walter never sat out an opportunity to dance, sing, or discuss something of interest. He and his beloved Joyce traveled extensively, but were equally comfortable in Beloit where they were appreciated for their philanthropy and patronage of the arts.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marion Kopen and Dorothy Warkenthein.

Survivors include his daughter, Beth (Joseph) Woodruff of Franklin, Tenn.; three sons, Timothy (Lisa) Scholten of Rockton, Ill., Paul (Lorraina) Scholten of Nashville, Tenn., and Jamie (Heidi) Scholten of Carmel, Ind; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Frances Scholten 52 Rinkus of Grandville, Mich., and Constance Scholten 45 (Laverne) Bawinkel of Holland, Mich; one brother, S. Thom Scholten of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Roland J. Schut '60 of Carmel, Calif., died suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, two days before the birth of his newest grandson. He was 70.

He was born in Hudsonville, Mich., in 1938 to Gerrit Schut and Alma Rynbrandt Schut and grew up on a farm.

He earned his Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. While teaching science, he married fellow teacher Donna Bottomley, and they moved to California in 1966. He taught science at Carmel Middle School for 15 years and retired from teaching in 1981 to enjoy sports, the outdoors and organic gardening.

He was an award-winning athlete. He played basketball and pole vaulted at Hope. He was an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer and maintained his daily exercise at the Monterey Sports Center. He enjoyed reading, meditating at Carmel River and writing his memoirs. He welcomed first grade students from All Saints Day School in Carmel (where Donna teaches first grade) into his garden as part of his annual Johnny Appleseed fieldtrip.

He was a loving husband, a doting father and a fun grandpa. While traveling was not high on his list of priorities, he often traveled for others. He flew to New Zealand to attend the wedding of the family's exchange student, Tania; visited Jerusalem and the West Bank to attend the engagement of his daughter, Aimee; made it to the Great Wall of China, his last trip with Donna; and attended the annual Schut reunion in Michigan.

Most of all, Roland was a man who never met a stranger; he will be remembered as someone who was willing to listen and always had a story to share.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger Schut '60.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Schut; his daughters, Aimee (Kamal) Abu-Shamsieh and Allyson Schut (Murat Ozgur); four grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Lucy Bottomley; his brother, Robert Schut '54; his sisters, Barbara Fralick and Kathleen Smith; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.


Doris VanLente '41 Slager of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. She was 88.

She was born June 27, 1920, to Benjamin and Florence (Anys) VanLente in Holland. She graduated from Holland High School at age 16 and from Hope College in 1941. After her marriage to Donald J. Slager in 1942, they moved to Grand Rapids where she taught elementary school.

Doris grew up in a large family and wanted a large family. She and Don had five children in eight years. The Slagers moved to the Tri-Cities in 1961 where Doris became a no-nonsense substitute teacher for Spring Lake Schools (with a private fondness for classroom rascals — you know who you are).

In 1972, they opened Millpoint Plaza and the Front Porch Ice Cream Parlor, which they operated until 1986.

Among countless things for which her children are grateful, they would like to thank Doris for the wonderful smell of cooking that filled the house after church, summer days at the family beach on Lake Michigan, homemade raspberry jam, croquet tournaments, a love of reading and for always laughing at our jokes. Jane is especially grateful to her mom for marrying Donald; being her mom; and for their cocker spaniel, Sophia. Jim would like to thank his mom for passing along her love of reading, willingness to think beyond the norm, the depth of her faith and her boundless energy. Joel gives thanks for his mother teaching him that dirt under your fingernails or on the knees of your pants is not a bad thing. Also for a love of the changing seasons; and making her faith, energy, laughter and love an everyday part of our lives. Ellen gives thanks to her mother for enrolling her in art classes, a book club and letting her watch the 9 a.m. movie during the summer; all of which opened up a world of imagination. Ann gives thanks for her mom teaching her to knit when she was five, for passing on her love of gardening and for being the best grandma in the world to her three boys.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband in 1995; a grandson, Ian; and two brothers, Harold VanLente '44 and Paul VanLente.

Doris is survived by three daughters: Jane Elizabeth Slager of Hudsonville, Mich., Ellen (James Rose) Slager of Rockford, Mich., and Ann Louise Slager '75 (Michael '75) Kincheloe of Mountain Top, Pa.; two sons, James Slager '69 of Oxford, Ohio, and Joel '72 (Barbara) Slager of Gorham, Maine. She has nine grandchildren: Emily and Jonathon Slager, Jenny Slager '06 (Jonathan) Emlet, Anna and Sara Slager, Phoebe and Lilah Rose, and Logan and Connor Kincheloe; three great-grandchildren: Caroline, Dylan and Reagan Slager; a sister, Elizabeth VanLente '47 Curti of Fort Gratiot, Mich.; a brother, Donald (Bernie) VanLente of Holland; and several nieces and nephews.


John E. Smallegan '51 of Holland, Mich., loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. He was 80.

He was born in Jamestown, Mich., on April 3, 1928, to Dick and Anna (Klooster) Smallegan. He grew up in the village of Forest Grove, Mich., and later resided in the Zeeland/Holland area.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, following which he graduated from Hope.

His major employment was that of a broker for DeBruyn Produce Company. He also owned the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant in Borculo.

As a member of Second Reformed Church in Zeeland, he served as a deacon, elder, choir member, treasurer, Sunday school teacher and Men's Breakfast leader, and he established the noon Food for Thought program.

He served on the Zeeland City Council and on the Zeeland Public School Board as a trustee and president. He started Community Schools Council, which is still active, for athletes and sports, and he organized Haven Huis, a 46-unit apartment complex for low-income housing.

He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Evelyn Van Dam '50 Smallegan; his children, Barbara Smallegan '69 Huizenga, Edward (Cheryl), Jack (Lisa), Donald, and Elizabeth Smallegan '85 (Jeff) Ebihara; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Charlotte Stolberg '52 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. She was 79.

She was born in Michigan on Jan. 10, 1928, to Ferdinand and Grace (Hoekenga) Stolberg.

She had been employed as a medical records clerk at Mercy Hospital for 30 years.

She was a member of Westwood Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Sterling Strayer.

Survivors include her twin sister, Florence Hoekenga of California; two other sisters, Norma (Cliff) Hall of Florida and Mary Ann Grill of Indiana; a brother, Aaron Reames of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.


Anna Carrigan '29 Taylor of Greenfield, Mass., died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. She was 101.

She was born in Westfield, Mass., on April 9, 1907, to John and Ellen (Hassett) Carrigan.

She was educated in the Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield Classical High School.

She attended Hope and then returned to Massachusetts during the depression and attended at Westfield Normal School. She became a teacher and taught junior high school in Deerfield, Mass.

She married Lewis Taylor, who preceded her in death in 1954. She then moved to Springfield to care for her parents and earned a B.S. from Westfield State College.

She served as a librarian and media specialist at Forest Park Junior High School.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gilbert Taylor, in 1982.

Survivors include one son, J. Lewis (Barbara) Taylor of South Deerfield, Mass.; one daughter, Anne (Phill) Babcock of Palm Desert, Calif.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Todd A. Taylor '90 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died of heart failure in his sleep on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. He was 47.

He was a very loving and generous person with a strong need to serve others.

He enjoyed working with the developmentally disabled.

He was an avid outdoorsman and passionately pursued the monster trout in Colorado's many fishing streams and lakes. He also love golf and was rarely seen without his beloved dogs.

His death ended a long struggle with mental illness. His spirit is now soaring with the Lord he loved so much.

Survivors include his father, Bill; his brothers, Drake and Clay; and five nieces and nephews.


Harris B. (Tim) Timmer '50 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. He was 83.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving as a staff sergeant in the 69th Infantry Division. In his later life, he returned to the service of the country he loved by joining the Kent County Honor Guard and giving last respects to fellow veterans, a cause he believed in deeply.

His faith was an important fixture in his life and he was an active member of Fifth Reformed Church for nearly 50 years.

For 30 years, Harris was "Mr. Timmer," a well-loved and respected science teacher and athletics director in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. He both attended and taught at Ottawa Hills High School and was the first of three generations of his family to attend the school. So sharp was his mind that he remembered student's names and even the sports they played until the day he passed.

Throughout his life, Harris spent every summer at the family cottage in Bitely, Mich., a place his father built in 1919 that stands as the summer home to four generations of memories. He was well known for his skill as a fisherman, often catching up to three times as many fish as a person sitting in the same boat with him.

He was the kindest, most thoughtful, and most intelligent man that a person could hope to meet in a lifetime, and the world is a little less beautiful for losing him.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Norman Timmer '38, in 2003.

Survivors included his beloved wife and best friend, Hazel Timmer; his children, Mary Ann Timmer, Joan (Art) Azevedo, and Jane Timmer '82, all of Grand Rapids; his grandsons, Adam Azevedo (and his fiancee, Sarah Bruce) and Tyler Azevedo; his sister, Mildred Timmer '43 Van Oostenburg; his sister-in-law, Barbara Dee Folensbee '43 Timmer; his brother- and sisters-in-law, Dale and Gwen Grevengoed and Lee Blok; and several nieces and nephews.


Sharon Lynn Tucker '71 of San Francisco, Calif., died of complications from cancer on Friday, March 13, 2009. She was 59. She died surrounded by friends in the city whose architecture she loved.

She was the founder and principal of Tucker-Elie Communications, which specializes in communications and marketing strategy for the city's architecture and design community. Of the firm she once said: "Our clients are professionals who have something substantive to say and want to say it well." That description also summarizes her own varied and successful career. She spent more than three decades as a writer and editor, choosing just the right words to present her ideas clearly.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she grew up in Cassopolis, Mich. Following her graduation from Hope, she joined the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune as the Hotline editor. Under her deft stewardship the daily column became one of the newspaper's liveliest and most popular features, answering readers' questions about everything from mosquito spraying to politics and property taxes. She became a sought-after speaker at local organizations because of the column - indeed, she was so completely identified with it that her co-workers called her "Hotline," rather than Sharon.

In 1982 she left the newspaper and embarked on a global tour that took her around the world for a year. Returning to Florida in 1983, she helped launch New Business, a regional business publication serving the state's west coast.

Her ultimate professional destiny, however, lay on another west coast. In 1984 she came to San Francisco, where she joined Bank of America's Corporate Communications Division as a writer for its internal publications section and later became a public relations specialist for its World Banking Division. There she was widely admired by colleagues for her ability to quickly grasp the complex financing arrangements of corporate and investment banking deals and for her wide-ranging understanding of international affairs. She played a key communications role in the storied turnaround of the bank in the latter 1980s, as it worked its way through a troubled loan portfolio to reclaim its former prestige.

But it was always architecture that beckoned Ms. Tucker, and after leaving the bank as a senior vice president in 2000 she founded the communications firm that bears her name. She was involved with many significant architectural projects, most notably the very successful reopening of the city's Ferry Building in 2003.

The enthusiasm and energy that fueled her career spilled over and enriched every other aspect of her life. She was an intrepid traveler, a licensed private pilot, an inveterate reader of the New York Times, a cat lover, a baseball fan, an excellent cook, an activist for libraries, a fearless stick-shift driver in the city of hills, and an active resident of Noe Valley. Lake Tahoe was one of her favorite vacation places and she visited it often. She hiked regularly and danced whenever she got the chance. Ms. Tucker drew deeply from each day that was given to her and her infectious good humor and ready laugh inspired everyone who knew her to do the same.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Thomas Tucker.

Survivors include her mother, Barbara Elie Decker of Cherokee, Ala.; her beloved aunt, Eva M. Decker of Tishomingo, Miss.; and cousins Thomas L. Tucker of Osceola, Ind., Harry F. and Lucinda Tucker of Granger, Ind., Sandra K. and Allan Duitman of Mason City, Iowa, Barbara Lynn and Lee Romanek of Tulsa, Okla., Suzanne L. Romanek of Broken Arrow, Okla., William R. Kunkel of Midlothian, Ill., and Walt, Pamela, Jeffery and Heather Kunkel of Oak Forest, Ill.


Donald W. VanderJagt '59 of Jenison, Mich., died on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. He was 71.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1938, in Muskegon, Mich., to Clarence and Beatrice VanderJagt.

He loved his family dearly and adored his grandchildren.
After graduating from Hope, he received his master’s degree in mathematics from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Western Michigan University.

He retired as professor emeritus from Grand Valley State University, where he taught for 42 years. He also taught at Central College in Iowa for two years. He served as chairman of the mathematics department for 25 years and faculty representative to the athletic department at Grand Valley State University. He was president of FARA for the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.

He also served on the Jenison Public School Board for 24 years, and as president for eight years. He was a member of Central Reformed Church, where he sang in the choir, and he was actively involved in the RCA. He was past president of South Grand Rapids Classis and the Regional Synod of the Great Lakes.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Sonnega) VanderJagt; his children and grandchildren, Nancy (Doug) MacDonald (Rachel, Doug and Michael), Susan (John) Fullington (William and Wesley), Rebecca (Eric) Slotegraaf (Claire and Emily), and Doug (Dorothy) VanderJagt (Dylan); his sister, Carol (George) Schaalma and her daughter Sandra (Don) North; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Orville and Nelly Elema and Russell and Marie Stults.


Harold E. Van Dyke '45 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009. He was 85.

He was born in Zeeland, Mich., and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School after attending Hope.

He was a veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Third Reformed Church of Holland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Van Dyke.

Survivors include his two children, David A. '84 (Nancy DePree '78) Van Dyke of St. Paul, Minn., and Kimberly (Steve) Morris of Holland; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his sisters, Barbara Van Dyke '49 Vande Waa of Zeeland, Mich., Erma Van Dyke '57 (Thomas '55) Keizer of Rockford, Mich., and Judy Van Dyke '60 (Roland '60) Van Ess of Green Valley, Ariz.


Robert J. Wagner '54 of Redlands, Calif., died on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. He was 78.

He was a lifetime resident of Redlands and a former Redlands City Council member, serving from 1962 through 1966.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1929, and graduated from Redlands High School in 1947.

He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict in the early 1950s.

He earned a graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California.

He began the physical therapy department at Redlands Community Hospital in the late 1950s. He later worked in real estate and development, primarily in Redlands.

He served on the Salvation Army advisory board and on the boards of the YMCA and Community Chest and was a Rotarian.

Survivors include his former wife, Muriel Wagner of Redlands; his children, Jann Provonsha of Redlands and Christopher R. Wagner of Temecula, Calif.; stepchildren, Shelley Ross of Elizabeth, Colo., Stacey-Marie Pratte of San Diego, Calif., and Scott Mason of Ellensburg, Wash.; and 13 grandchildren.


Derwin "Dick" Walvoord '36 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. He was 94.

He was born in Oostburg, Wis., the son of John and Jennie Walvoord.

He attended Lakeland College in Wisconsin and received his master's degree in education from the University of Michigan.

He was a school teacher in the Muskegon Public Schools for 38 years, retiring in 1977. He was instrumental in the early development of vocational job training and the co-op program in Muskegon County.

He and his wife, Jean, moved to Holland in 1992. They were longtime volunteers at Holland Hospital. He was a former member of First Reformed Church of Muskegon, where he taught Sunday school and was a choir member, deacon and elder. He was a member of Third Reformed Church of Holland.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Jean Walvoord of Holland; his sons, Douglas '64 (Kay) Walvoord of Holland, Charles '67 (Sandra) Walvoord of Columbia, S.C.; his daughter, Barbara Walvoord '70 (Keith '71) Van Tubergen of Grand Haven, Mich.; 11 grandchildren, including Derek Walvoord '98 (Cynthia Hillman) and Jennifer Walvoord '02 (Andrew Le); eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Brooks Wheeler of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008. He was 66.

He was born October 6, 1942, in Medford, Mass. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1964; received another bachelor’s degree, in classical studies, from Harvard University in 1965; and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Michigan, where he also completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in classics. He taught classics at Hope from 1968 until 1977, when he began a career with the Internal Revenue Service as office manager, district director, systems analyst and trainer, retiring in November 2008.

The loves of his life were first and foremost his wife, Nancy, who also taught classics at Hope from 1968 to 1977; second, their Westie, Duffy; and third, the University of Michigan--anything Maize and Blue.

He served as president, past president, treasurer and secretary for the U-M Club of Holland and with the Alumni Association as a member of the U-M Clubs Council and the Alumni Leadership Council.

For twenty years, the Wheelers led the Catholic Services Appeal campaign at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Holland.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Carl (Pete) Peterson, of Milton, Mass.; his nephew, Eric (Penny) Peterson and family of Rensselaer, Ind; his niece, Dr. Linnea (Richard) Linderman and family of Rome, N.Y.; and several cousins.


Vangie Gibson '81 (Norton) Williams of Congress, Ariz., died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. She was 70.

She was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Huntington Park, Calif.

Survivors include her husband, Dwight Williams; a son, Gary Norton of Torrance, Calif.; a daughter, Diane Spencer of La Mesa, Calif.; stepchildren, Steve Williams of Indianapolis, Ind., Robert Williams of Fayetteville, Ga., and Karen King of Poway, Calif; and brothers, Joy "Pete" Gibson of Pasadena, Calif., and Jim Gibson of Paso Robles, Calif.