October 2010 Obituaries
Gerrit Boogerd '54 (4/4/10)
Dr. Marvin Bonzelaar '45 (9/7/10)
Julia Klinge '38 Bouws (9/10/10)
Donald De Vries '57 (9/11/10)
Richard A. DeWitt '31 (7/26/10)
Jean Brondyke '51 Droppers (8/10/10)
Inez VonIns '38 Dumville (8/14/10)
Marilyn Zandstra '44 Ettema (9/20/10)
David Folkert '70 (9/23/10)
Robert E. Franken '60 (9/3/08)
Jacob Fris '44 (8/6/10)
Eric Grabo '69 (8/3/10)
Timothy Harrison '49 (7/21/10)
John Heins '58 (8/11/10)
Ralph Herron '63 (7/9/10)
Bruce Hoffman '61 (9/19/10)
Elizabeth (Claire) Nieusma '38 Houtman (3/2/06)
Paul Kranendonk '50 (8/20/10)
Harold Leestma '39 (7/30/10)
Harvey Lugten '54 (7/20/10)
Claraetta Schaeperkoetter '65 Nienhuis (11/18/05)
Robert Petroelje '62 (7/19/10)
Marinus Pott '39 (9/6/10)
Joan Vander Werp '58 Robach (8/23/10)
John Schripsema '42 (8/7/10)
Donald Smeenge '44 (8/24/10)
Preston Stegenga '47 (9/17/10)
Ella Roggen '33 Tellman (8/2/10)
Paul Thompson '50 (3/19/09)
Robert Van Dis '47 (9/16/10)
Fred VanLente '55 (8/8/10)
Wilma Rottschafer '35 VanWieren (9/13/10)
Dolores Thomas '50 Warnshuis (9/16/10)
James Ziegler '56 (8/20/10)
Gerrit “Gary” Richard Boogerd ’54, of Sheldon, Iowa, died on April 4, 2010. He was 82.
The son of Sidney and Josie (Kuiper) Boogerd, was born December 31, 1927 in Hull.
He received his education in Hull and graduated from the Hull High School in
1946. He attended Central College in Pella for 2 years, and then served in the
United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
After his discharge from the service,
Gerrit was united in marriage to Joyce Verhoef on June 6, 1952 in Pella. Gary
attended and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. and then Western
Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. Gary served as a Reformed Church
of America Minister
at churches in Hisel, Ky., Litchville and North Marion, N.D. and Lester. He
then attended Northwestern College to receive his education degree and
for 23 years
he taught and coached at the Little Rock Community School in Little Rock before
retiring in 1992. Gerrit and Joyce enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 9 years.
In 2001, they moved from Little Rock to Sheldon.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joyce Boogerd; his four daughters,
Ruth (David) Hobson, Laurie (Russ) Forbes, Rebecca (Butch) Anderson and Lois
Schilling; his 15 grandchildren, including Tracey Forbes ’03 (Karl ’07)
Hoesch and Michael (Anna Herzog ’07) Forbes ’07; and eight great-grandchildren.
Dr. Marvin Bonzelaar ’45, of
Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. He was 87.
He was a graduate of Denison University and University of Michigan
Medical School and was a member of Plymouth Heights Christian
Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
He worked for General Motors and practiced medicine in Grand Rapids for over
Marvin served his country in the US Navy in WWII and the US Army during the Korean
Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Robert and four siblings, Gerald, Hazel
DeVries, Loretta Bonzelaar ’48 Helmink, and identical twin Alvin Bonzelaar ’45.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Annette Cousins’50 Bonzelaar; daughters,
Barbara Bonzelaar ’73 (Theodore ’72) Etheridge of Grand Rapids, Nancy
Bonzelaar ’76 (Doug) Ditmar of Grand Rapids, Betsy Bonzelaar ’85
(David) Doezema of Ada; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Bonzelaar of Jenison; ten grandchildren,
including Allison Etheridge ’97 Houlihan, Harrison Doezema ’13 and
Brianna Bonzelaar ’14; five great grandchildren; in-laws, Mrs. Alvin (Barbara)
Bonzelaar of Holland, Lee Helmink of Holland, Patricia and Fred Nickels of Alanson,
MI; several nieces and nephews.
Julia Klinge ’38 Bouws of
Holland, Mich., died on Friday, September 10, 2010. She was 92.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, J. Russel Bouws
a great granddaughter, Leah Slenk and a sister, Fern Brinks.
Julia was a Charter Member of Holland Heights Christian Reformed Church and was
a resident of Tendercare of Holland for the last
2 .5 years.
Survivors include her children, Darlene and Ron Dykstra, Linda and Paul
Kalkman, John and Bonnie Bouws and Bryan and Cathy Bouws all of Holland;
Kevin Dykstra, Michelle and Dennis Barents, Suzanne and Greg Visser, Dan and
Lori Dykstra, Kim and Steve Raak, James and Beth Kalkman, Robin and Brett Diepenhorst,
Lori and Doug Slenk, Rusty ’95 (Melissa Cech ’95) Bouws, Jodi and
Chad Pierce, Kelli Bouws ’94 Hoeksema, Chris and Gina Bouws, Kerri Bouws ’00
(Ryan) de Vries; 41 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; sisters,
Hazel Houting and Lois and Harvey Jacobs of Holland; sister-in-law, Leona Bouws
Dr. Donald L. De Vries ’57, of
Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Hospice House
He was 75.
Don was born on January 29, 1935 in Zeeland to Harry and Hilda De Vries.
Don worked as a research chemist at ARCO and later as a printing manager
Bible League. Don was a member of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. He was
preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law Johanna Wieberdink.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Alma (Vander Lugt) De Vries; his children,
Douglas (Linda) De Vries, Jane (Quentin) Reynhout, Carl (Kathy) De Vries; grandchildren,
Ryan, Melissa, Leveda, Cedric and Ayana De Vries, Kyle, Katie and Grant Reynhout,
Jack, Noah and Sophie De Vries; siblings, Roger (Shara) De Vries ’60, Ruth
(Bob) Bush, Carol (Ben) Jansen; in-laws; Pete (Lauretta) Vander Lugt, Marie (Henry)
Dyk, Willis Wieberdink, Jim (Natalee) Vander Lugt, John (Joanne) Vander Lugt,
Dorothy (Daryl) Baar, several nieces and nephews, including Dr. Deith De Vries ’86.
Richard Adrian DeWitt ’31 of Holland,
Mich., passed away on Monday evening, July 26, 2010. He was 96.
He was the 7th child of Dutch immigrant parents and was raised on an 80 acre
farm in Allegan County. Dick joined the navy when he was 20 and served, based
in San Diego, California. From there, he sent for and married his high school
sweetheart, Julia Schipper.
After serving for four years, Dick returned to Zeeland Michigan, contributed
$500 of his Navy savings and joined his brothers, Ben and Jack DeWitt. By 1936
the three brothers purchased their first incubator. Their facility was a former
filling station between Washington and Franklin Street in Zeeland, where Dick,
as a teenager, had pumped gas. From there grew the expansion of the Zeeland Hatchery,
a turkey processing facility, and DeWitts Modern Feeds.
Patented in 1948, the DeWitt Brothers developed the first automated chain to
facilitate the feeding of 100,000 birds at one time. From the humble chain grew
the origins of the all comprehensive automated equipment company named Big Dutchman.
By the late 1950's, when US exports represented 4% of the nation's GNP, Dick
and Jack DeWitt saw the potential of an overseas market. The base for their overseas
divisions was in Wezep, The Netherlands. In October 1964, Big Dutchman was awarded
the coveted "E" Citation from President Johnson for "outstanding
contributions to the export expansion program of the United States.
Dick was a member of Hope Church and Christ Memorial in Holland. He was elected
to the Board of Trustees at Hope College from 1970 to 1976 and remained an honorary
member there. He also was a member of the Amway Mutual Fund Board for 25 years.
Preceding him in death was his son, Richard Schipper DeWitt (Skip) died on June
Survivors included his brother, Jack (Marlies) DeWitt ’32; his wife, Betty
Ripma DeWitt; his stepson, Gordon Ripma and stepdaughter, Pam Tignor. Surviving
from his marriage to Mary Lou Schueller DeWitt are his stepson, Doug Schueller
and stepdaughter, Tracy Schueller. Surviving from his first marriage of 50 years
to Julia DeWitt are his daughters, Judith Anne DeWitt Appleton and Kathleen DeWitt
Hughes; and a daughter-in-law, Eunice DeWitt. Also surviving are many many grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
To the end, Dick never lost his passion for music and
literature. Having memorized volumes of poetry as a young man, he retained them
and recited from them - Keats and Shakespeare ever his favorites - long after
his stroke in 2005. Generous and loving, all caring, he remained a mentor to
his family to the end.
Jean Brondyke ’51 Droppers of
Wyckoff, N.J., passed away on August 10, 2010. She was 85. Born in Fulton,
she lived in Franklin Lakes for 36 years before moving to Wyckoff.
She was a 1951 graduate of Hope College and active member of Hope College
Woman's League. Prior to her retirement she was a registered nurse.
She was former president
of the Franklin Lakes Women's Club, former president of Lenni Lenape Girl Scott
Council, a founding member of the Ramapo Athletic Booster Association and a founding
member of the Franklin Lakes Recreation Foundation. Jean was a member of the
Wyckoff Reformed Church where she was an active member and the first female Deacon
of the Church.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 46 years, Neil A. Droppers ’52.
Survivors include her children, Kristi Droppers ’76 of Mahwah, N.J., Kent
(Alice Hayes ’78) Droppers of Seven Lakes, NC, Kurt (Deborah VanHoeven ’79)
Droppers of Kalamazoo, MI, Karl (Lori Visscher ’83) Droppers ’82
of Maitland, FL and Kathleen Droppers ’84 (Frank) Mutterer of Wyckoff.
Loving grandmother of Kyle, Lloyd, Tyler, Jacob ’08, Joshua ’11,
Joseph, Neil ’10, Jack ’12, Nina ’14 and Mara Droppers and
Brittany, Christopher, Brooke and Luke Mutterer. Dear sister of Ray Brondyke
of Atlanta, GA.
Inez Lorene Von Ins ’38 Dumville of Pekin, Illinois, died on Wed. August 14, 2010. She was 92.
She was born on October 22, 1917 in Ottawa County, Holland, to Hans
Alfred and Ethel L. Aussicker Von Ins. She married Rev. Charles B.
Dumville on May 25, 1942
in Holland. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1976 in Pekin, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Evan Manley and her husband
Rev. Charles Dumville ’39.
Survivors include her daughters, Charla R (Lyle) Pfeffinger, Pekin, IL, Suzanne
L (Robert Calfee) Barchers, Stanford, CA, Constance Dumville ’75 (Donna
Daly) Mantarro, Lambertville, NJ; grandchildren, Christine (Jamie) Cooley, Tampa,
FL, Joseph (Sally Jacobs) Mingle, Madison, WI, Jeffery (Charlotte) Barchers,
Longmont, CO, Joshua (Jennifer) Barchers, Dillon, CO; stepgrandchildren, Brett
(Angela) Pfeffinger, Platte, MO, Kristie (Michael) Daigle, Sylmar, CA; great-grandchildren,
Allie Manley, Tampa, FL, Veronica and Benjamin Mingle, Madison, WI, Hunter, Dawson
and Rori Ann Barchers, Longmont, CO; stepgreat-grandchildren, Jake Cooley, Tampa,
FL, Clifford Daigle, Brad Daigle, Heather Daigle, and Mickey Daigle, all of CA;
brother, August Von Ins, Holland; two nephews and several cousins.
In 1938 she graduated from Hope College, Holland, with an Elementary Education
degree. Before marrying Charles, Inez was a Principal/Teacher in Allendale from
1938-42 at Allendale High School. Charles was a minister in the Reformed Church
in America. After they married, they served churches in San Francisco, CA, Oakland,
CA, Norwalk, CA, Knoxville, IA, Pekin, IL. Inez did some substitute teaching
and home bound teaching in CA. In 1952, in Knoxville, Marion County, IA, she
taught in a rural one room school house, grades K-8. In 1954 the family moved
to Pekin, IL where they helped remodel and pastor the Normandale Reformed Church.
Inez taught school in Pekin for 30 years, retiring in 1979. In 1955 she taught
music for 7th graders at Washington Junior High School. From 1956-1976 she taught
1st grade Roosevelt School. From 1976-79 she taught pre-first at Jefferson School.
She was active in the Pilot Club of Pekin, serving in many offices including
President and as Lt. Governor and Governor of the Midwest District of Pilot international.
She served as President of the Tazewell County Retire Teachers Association and
was a member of the executive board and secretary of the Pekin Woman’s
Club; she was on the Friends of the Library Board and was their Program Director;
and she also served as the Minister of Music at St. Paul’s United Church
of Christ from 1977-1978. In all of the churches they served, Inez was in charge
of the music, taught Sunday school and participated in all of the women’s
groups of the church. She was a member of the Normandale Reformed Church.
Inez traveled extensively through out the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa and has
shown her slides for many different organizations. Her first trip to Europe was
in the summer of 1939 when she attended the Amsterdam Conference on Youth.
Her life has been very fulfilled. Her main purpose in life was to live a life
pleasing to God.
Marilyn Zandstra ’44 Ettema of
Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. She was 88.
Marilyn moved to Holland from Allen Park in 1986 where Rev. Ettema
served as the pastor, and joined Trinity Reformed Church where he served
as calling pastor.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. John Ettema ’43 in 2004;
and two siblings, Reverend Theodore Zandstra ’41 who passed away in 2005
and twin sister, Evelyn Frobom who passed away in August, 2010.
Marilyn is survived by five children, James (wife, Elaine), Dale (wife, Elizabeth),
Pamela (husband, Krishna), Michael, and Roger (wife, Janelle); seven grandchildren;
two step-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, June Zandstra; and her niece Barbara
Zandstra ’68 (Benjamin ’68) Nykamp.
David F. Folkert ’70 of Spring Lake,
died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. He was 62.
David was born January 14, 1948 in Holland, Michigan to Floyd and Janet (Sneller)
Folkert ’39; and was raised in Ohio and Michigan. He resided in Spring
Lake the last 37 years. David was a graduate of Western Michigan Christian High
School, Hope College and Valparaiso University's School of Law.
After practicing law, David served as in-house council for and Vice-President
of Westran Corporation. For the past 25 years, David was the owner of Harbor
Steel. David was a man of creativity and vision; and had a compassionate heart
that enabled him to encourage others and give generously to many community, cultural
and educational organizations.
On June 12, 1970, he married the former Carol Rycenga and she survives him along
with his devoted children, Cindy (Brad) Haverkamp of Grand Rapids and Todd (Abbey)
Folkert of East Grand Rapids; his loving grandchildren, Olivia, Caroline, and
Maria Haverkamp and Christian and Lucia Folkert; one sister, Carole Folkert ’67
(John) Whittemore of Belmont, MA; his father-in-law, Louis Rycenga of Grand Haven;
sisters and brother-in-law, Mary (Ron) Retsema of Grand Haven, Sharon (Rod) Pell
of Spring Lake, Barbara (Bruce) VanHeukelem of Oak Park, IL and John (Marie)
Rycenga of Grand Haven. He will also be sadly missed by several aunts and uncles;
and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Robert Franken ’60 of Vancouver,
on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2010.
After living in the USA and Canada, he received a PhD from Claremont Graduate
School. At twenty-five, he became a professor at the University of Calgary. He
was a favoured teacher and much admired mentor for many students. He specialized
in human motivation, writing a classic textbook on the topic. He also spearheaded
the establishment of the University Child Care Center.
Bob built a second home for his family in the mountains where they enjoyed many
happy times. He and Helen retired to Vancouver and became very involved with
St. Andrew's Wesley United Church; making many close friends. His understanding
of human motivation was put to its greatest test when he became a quadriplegic
in 2002. Rather than look back with regret about this change, he was unwavering
in his positive outlook on his new life. An inspiration to all, he remained actively
involved in their church. He changed for many what it meant to be disabled. He
derived much pleasure from his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of forty years, Helen; his children Ryan (Tara) and
Renee (Cam), and grandchildren Madison, Paige, Brodie and Maren.
Jacob Dale Fris ’44 of Holland,
on Friday, August 6, 2010. He was 88.
Dale was born in Holland, graduated from Holland High School (1940), and Hope
He owned and operated the Fris Stores in Holland. Dale served Jesus Christ through
the life and ministry of Trinity Reformed Church his entire life and was active
in many community organizations. He served as a Captain in the United States
Army Air Force during WWII.
Survivors include his wife Mary of 65 years; children, Victoria Fris ’68
(Bruce ’66) Menning of Grand Rapids, J. Dale (Barbara) Fris of Holland,
and John (Allyson Davies ’86) Fris of Holland; grandchildren, Matthew Menning
and Jason Contes, Rachel Menning ’93 (Cary) Fletter, Rebekah Menning ’97
and Willis Jenkins, Benjamin Fris, Jonathon Fris and fiance Katie Herbert, Andrew
Fris, Christopher Fris, Elizabeth Fris, and Jacob Fris; great grandchildren;
Grace Fletter, Hannah Fletter, and Chloe Fris; brother-in-law, James Den Herder
of Naples, FL; nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Eric Grabo ’69 of Daytona Beach, Fla.,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
Eric was born in Englewood, New Jersey August 17, 1945 to Erich and Elsie Benz
Grabo. He grew up in Closter, N.J. and graduated from Hope College, Holland,
Michigan in 1969. He was a member of the Knickerbocker Fraternity.
Mr. Grabo moved to Ormond Beach in 1973 from New Jersey and has been a resident
of Ormond-In-The Pines/ Signature Health Care for the past 4 years; he was very
fond of his "family" there. Mr. Grabo leaves behind to cherish his
memory, cousins and caregivers, Tom and Marti Benz, Palm Coast; and faithful
family friends, Bill and Anne Sullivan of Palm Coast.
Timothy Stone Harrison ’49, of Rumford,
died peacefully at home on Wednesday July 21, 2010. He was 83. He was Professor
Emeritus of Surgery and Molecular Physiology, Pennsylvania State University.
Timothy S. Harrison was born July 13, 1927 in Kodaikanal, India. His father,
Paul Wilberforce Harrison, was a noted medical missionary in the Middle East
from 1912-1953. Harrison was raised in Oman until age 12, attending boarding
school in Kodaikanal, followed by high school in Holland, Michigan. His mother,
Regina Rabbe Harrison, died in 1929; his step-mother was Anna Bilkert Harrison.
Harrison graduated from Hope College, Holland, Michigan in 1949, following service
in the United States Navy (1944-1946). A surgeon and endocrinologist, he received
his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University (1953), and was a surgical resident
there (1953-56). As a research fellow at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts
General Hospital (1956-57), where he worked with Oliver Cope, and later at the
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (1959-60), Harrison developed a permanent
scientific interest in endocrine physiology. Harrison was Professor of University
of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor (1962-1975), and later Professor of Surgery
and Molecular Physiology at Pennsylvania State University's Milton S. Hershey
Medical Center (1975-1994), Hershey, PA. Harrison's primary scientific interest
was catecholamine physiology, an area in which he remained active throughout
his career. He later pursued interests in goiter disease and surgical practice
internationally, authoring a text for low-resource settings, Surgery for All.
Harrison maintained a lifelong interest in the Middle East and South Asia, pursuing
research, teaching and exchange in the region. From 1968-71, he was Professor
and Chairman, Department of Surgery, American University of Beirut. Later, he
was Visiting Professor of Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan (1985-1987),
and a Surgeon with the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman (1990-94). Harrison
loved, and often sang, the music of J.S. Bach, and was an avid runner and tennis
player. His love of literature and poetry were reflected in a dry and whimsical
humor, which he used to offer spontaneous quips and elegant recitations from
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Eliza Middleton Cope; two
daughters, Abigail DeNormandie Harrison and Emily Cope Harrison; sons-in-law
Mark N. Lurie and James R. Boyd; and a grand-daughter, Leah Cope Harrison-Lurie,
all of Rumford, RI, as well as Madaline B. Harrison, Charlottesville, VA, and
several nieces and nephews. Also surviving him are a sister, Dorothy Harrison,
Portland, OR; step-sisters Barbara Bilkert ’47 (Donald ’48) Mulder
of California and Margaret Bilkert ’41 Lemmer of Holland, MI; and step-brother
Monteith Bilkert, Kalamazoo, MI.
His brothers, Clinton R. Harrison ’43 and Paul W. Harrison, Jr.’42,
and step-sister Virginia Bilkert ’47 Koop pre-deceased him.
John E. Heins, ’58 of Arlington,
Va., died on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. He was 74.
He was much loved in the
and in the classroom, died from metastatic cancer of the neck and head.
He died in Arlington Virginia, in his home of 40 years, surrounded by
loved ones. He was a kind and gentle man, who left this world a better place,
and went out smiling.
Born June 5th, 1936 in Kolar, India, the son of Missionaries, John led
an exciting childhood: cobra sightings and tiger hunts were normal for the
By the time he reached college, he had traveled around the world three times.
He settled down in the United States from 1954 to 1958 and got his degree in
English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Soon after, John received a scholarship
to be in the first graduating class at the school of International Service. He
wanted to attend the school and get a Master’s Degree. Before he could
complete this dream, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. In 1960, his Army assignment
was in Puerto Rico, where he was taught to teach English as a Second Language
to Spanish speaking recruits. After two years, he was given the chance to return
to his Master’s Degree which he continued at American University in Washington,
In the Spring of 1963, John graduated with a Master’s Degree in Latin American
Studies. After President Kennedy spoke at A.U’s commencement, John finished
his research in Guerrilla warfare and counter insurgency in Cuba, and then felt
inspired to see the world. He took off on an adventure of a lifetime. Starting
in San Francisco, John traveled on a Lambretta 150 Motorscooter. He managed to
make his way, traveling only with an old Army shelter half, down to Panama, but
was not allowed to import his scooter over the border. He then made the rest
of the trip down through Latin America by hitchhiking, on foot, riding busses,
in the back of trucks, on horseback and in a dugout canoe. His travels lasted
John returned to the United States in 1965 and began teaching at the Institute
for Modern Languages in Washington DC. He started as a teacher, and when he left
that job in 1967 he had moved up to management. What followed were several years
of John managing various language programs all over the nation. He worked his
way up to becoming vice president of the American Express Language Center. This
job took him all over the world. In 1967, John met Edith Craig, a creative, young
high school art teacher from Mississippi, at a Halloween Party in Georgetown.
It was love at first sight. John and Edith married the following Summer, on July
13th, 1968. Once he was married, and had started a family, he was ready to stay
put. He quit his job at American Express and went back to A.U to get his PhD
in Latin American Studies and International Relations. He had a scholarship and
an assistantship to pay for classes, but to help pay the day to day bills, John
moonlighted in several capacities. He substitute taught at his wife’s school
and several others in Fairfax county. Because it was his specialty, he was asked
to start the very first English as a Second Language program in Fairfax County,
at Annandale High School. The pilot program was much needed, and hugely successful.
John had found his calling.
In 1974, the PhD (which only needed the dissertation to be completed) was abandoned
for full time work at Annandale high school. John started teaching in classes
where ever he was needed. He taught English Language Skills, English Literature,
and History. He loved working with high school kids. He has described these years
as the most important years of his life. When he was finally assigned to teach
English Literature classes to English speaking students, he realized he was doing
exactly what he wanted to do with his life. His classes were always spirited.
He had a passion for literature that made everyone want to sit up and learn.
His favorite novels to teach ran the gamut from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by
Harper Lee to “The King must Die” by Mary Renault. His deep Bass
voice could be heard from the hallways, as he recited poetry to the students,
and schooled them in Shakespeare Sonnets and his favorite John Dunn masterpieces.
John loved to teach. He was a master at it. A little bit later, he discovered
his joy in teaching film studies, as well. John was a high school teacher for
23 years at Annandale highschool. It was his life’s work. He retired in
During John’s entire career in teaching, his wife, Edith, taught Art in
the Fairfax County Public School System. Together, during the summers they had
off, they traveled with their two children all over the country in a Volkswagon
pop up camper. When the kids were old enough, they camped across Europe together.
Everything was on a shoestring budget, but it was all a great adventure. Because
of his wife’s artistic leanings, John began to take an interest in more
creative outlets. He wrote short stories, developed photography in his basement
dark room, learned to throw pottery on the wheel, and then discovered a deep
love of woodturning on the lathe.
All of these passions were pursued after his retirement from teaching. John once
more, began to travel the world. He returned to his childhood home in India,
visited Egypt on a cruise, went on an around the world trip with his wife, and
rediscovered Europe, many times over. He was able to create art, and was passionate
about singing Bass in his church choir at Rock Spring Congregational Church in
Arlington. His final years were spent enjoying time with his wife, his two children
and his two grandchildren who loved him very much.
John is survived by his wife, Edith, his daughter Natalie, (married to Kevin
Campbell from Fremont, California), his son David (married to Caroline in Charlottesville,
VA), his two grandchildren, Margaret and Conrad and John’s younger brother
Ralph H. Herron ’63 of Ballston
Lake, N.Y., died peacefully in the home he built and so loved on July 9, 2010.
He was 68.Born
in Teaneck, N.J. on August 16, 1941, he is the son of the late Ralph W. Herron.
He was raised and educated in Cairo, N.Y.
He received his B.A. in chemistry and physics from Hope College, Holland, Mich.
He worked for several years in research at Sterling Winthrop and Winthrop Biological
Labs, Rensselaer, where he met his wife, Pat. He was a member of the American
Society of Microbiologists, an Army reservist with the 364th General Hospital,
Albany, and began his 40-year career with Norton/Saint Gobain working in various
capacities of management and abrasive support. He was a craftsman of grandfather
clocks and furniture and was a lecturer worldwide including R.P.I., wrote many
published articles on abrasives, was part of a TV, PBS series, and holds a U.S.
Patent on Abrasive Filaments in Coated Abrasives. In the last 20 years, he was
the manager of technical assistance for Coated Worldwide. In his last three years
of working, he built an abrasive plant in Suzhou, China.
Ralph sang with Jonesville Methodist Church choir for 42 years and served his
church in a variety of committees. He enjoyed spending time with his family,
gardening, and golf. He was much loved for his sense of humor and generous spirit.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia A. Hepp Herron; son, Craig M.
(Gina) Herron of East Amherst, N.Y.; mother, Ruth P. Herron of Freehold, N.Y.;
brother, Ronald (Linda) Herron of Freehold; and a sister, Lynn (William) Freeman,
of Glen Aubrey, N.Y. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jacob and Nya. Ralph
leaves a number of nieces and nephews plus a multitude of friends worldwide.
Ralph's family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Thanks
also to Dr. Peter Burkhart, associates at NYOH, the nurses and staff for all
their care and concern. Thanks to the D 4th Blood Cancer floor, Albany Medical
Center. We thank Hospice of Saratoga County for their services that allowed us
to take care of Ralph in his last days.
Bruce Hoffman, ’61 of Flemington, N.J.,
on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. He was 71.
Born in Sodus, N.Y., the Reverend Hoffman lived in Sodus, Cicero, Illinois, and
Clymer, N.Y., as a child.
He graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.
Bruce was an inspiration to many people throughout the years and he will always
be remembered for his unwavering faith in Christ and steadfast counsel. He served
churches in the Reformed Church of America in Schenectady, N.Y. and Wyckoff,
N.J. He then served as Interim Pastor for churches in Oakland, Bergenfield, Lincoln
Park and Kinnelon, N.J. While in Wyckoff, he served on the Board of the Christian
Health Center and was chaplain of the Wyckoff PBA for many years. He was also
an active leader in other church and community organizations.
Survived include his wife, Joanne TenHaken ’62 Hoffman; his daughters,
Sharon Hoffman ’87 (Hansen of Waldwick, and Lydia Benton of Ringoes; his
sisters, Judy Hoffman ’64 (James) Cordia of Clymer, and Marilyn Hoffman ’66
(James ’65) Serum of West Chester, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Rev. Benjamin (Lena) Hoffman ’35.
Elizabeth (Claire) Nieusma ’38 Houtman of
Okla., died on Thursday, March 2, 2006. She was 88.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Houtman ’41; brother, Edwin
Survivors included her brother Dick (Ruth Slotsema ’52) Nieusma Jr. ’52.
Rev. Paul W. Kranendonk ’50 of Whiting,
N.J., died on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 at the Whiting Health Care Center. He was
Paul served in the US Navy during World War II.
Rev. Kranendonk was born in Oostburg, WI. and lived and served churches for 38
years in New York and New Jersey before moving to Crestwood Village, Whiting
in 1989. He is a graduated of Hope College and the Western Theological Seminary
in Holland, MI. Rev. Kranendonk served as associate pastor from 1989 to 1992
at the Community Reformed Church in Whiting. He served on numerous boards and
committees of the Reformed Church in American. Music has been a vital part of
Paul's life. He was a member of the Crestwood Chorus, and volunteered as a driver
for Somebody C.A.R.E.S. and at the Whiting Elementary School in Whiting.
Rev. Kranendonk is predeceased by his brother, Roy Kranendonk and his sister,
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine W. Sharp ’51
Kranendonk of Whiting; a son, Kevin ’82 of St. Petersburg, FL.; two daughters,
Karen Kranendonk ’84 Rozembersky of Succasunna and Amy & Benjamin Bertolotti
her husband of Clifton; A brother, James ’60 of Clifton Park, and a sister,
Lois TenPas of Oostburg, WI. Also surviving are six grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Harold Leestma ’39 of Anaheim,
died on Friday July 30, 2010. He was 92.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Gertrude Leestma; his sister,
Ethel Leestma ’33 (William) Swets; and his son, Peter.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Voorhorst ’39 Leestma, together for 68
years; his children, Mary Leestma ’66 (David) Greve, Marlene (Peter) Leestma,
David (Patti) Leestma; sister, Suzanne Leestma ’46 Pettinga.
He graduated from Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and California
Graduate School of Theology. He founded three churches: Laketon Bethel Reformed
in Muskegon, Trinity Reformed in Munster, Indiana, and Lake Hills Community in
Orange County, CA.
He also served in Garfield Park Reformed in Grand Rapids, and Garden Grove Community
in California. In all his parishes his constant inspiration was “Knowing
Him and Making Him Known”. Harold’s legacy will be carried on by
his wife, Lois; his children; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Harvey Lugten, ’54 of Byron Center,
died on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. He was 88.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (Klomparens).
Survivors include his daughters, Pat (Ron) VanHeulen, Mary (Dan) Mayhew, Ellen
Lapekas; six grandchildren, Greg (Marjo) VanHeulen, Brenda (Bruce) Brown, Maggie
Mayhew (fiancé Brennan Huisman), Seth Mayhew, Katy Lapekas, and Max Lapekas;
four great grandchildren, Garret, Austin, Clayton, Ada; his brother, Earl (Polly)
Lugten; his sister, Marilyn (Alex) Humbert; his sister-in-law, Ruth Klomparens;
brother-in-law, Frank (Dolly) Klomparens.
Harvey was a WW II veteran in submarine service on the USS Hake in the South
He was principle for two years and superintendant for twenty years with
Byron Center Public Schools. He was a long time member of Byron Center United
Methodist Church, and Byron Center Lions Club.
His cottage on Wolf Lake was his
special get away where he spent many good times with family and friends.
Claraetta Schaeperkoetter ’65
Nienhuis, died on Friday November 18, 2005. She was 82.
Robert L. Petroelje ’69, M.D
of Grand Rapids, Mich., went Home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
on Monday, July 19, 2010. He was 62 years of age.
Survivors include his loving wife, Laurie (Laura Huizing), his children, Mark
Petroelje and Elizabeth Petroelje-Stolle and Greg Stolle; his grandchildren,
Miriam, Anna, and Naomi. One of five brothers, Bob was preceded in death by Preston
Petroelje ’51, and is survived by Glenn ’52 and Marilyn, Audred and
Cathy, and Wayne and Barbara Petroelje; mother-in-law, Evelyn Huizing, sister-in-law,
Fern Barkema, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Pat Huizing, and many nieces
Bob was born in Zeeland, Michigan on September 3, 1947 to Gerrit and Georgianna
Petroelje. Bob attended Holland Christian High School, Hope College, University
of Michigan Medical School, and trained at Temple University Hospital.
a board certified Otolaryngologist serving the Grand Rapids community for almost
thirty-two years. After retiring from medicine, Bob pursued a career in Medical
Ethics, having attained a master's degree at Trinity International University.
He was teaching at both Grand Valley State University and Michigan State Medical
School (Grand Rapids campus) for the last two years.
Bob was known for his Christian
principles, devotion to his family, conservative values, and hard work. He touched
many lives through careful, meticulous care, mentoring skills, and loyalty to
colleagues and friends.
Marinus Pott ’39, of Holland,
Mich., died Monday, September 6, 2010 at an area care center. He was 99.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in 2001 and a daughter-in-law, Mary
Voorhorst ’71 Pott in 2002.
Marinus was a member of Third Reformed Church and was a career educator. He began
teaching in the one room Harlem Schoolhouse and then taught for two years in
Hopkins. He retired from Holland Christian following 35 years of teaching. Marinus
was a graduate of Hope College and earned his Masters Degree from the University
Survivors include his children, Terry Pott of Holland, Robert Pott ’69
of Hamilton, Naurine (Merlin) McPheron of Muskegon; 13 grandchildren, including
Jonathan Pott ’97 and Anne Pott ’01, 17 great grandchildren; in-laws,
Hermina and Len Sytsma of Wheaton, IL, Arlene Ten Harmsel of Holland, Harriet
and Don Jager of Fennville; many nieces and nephews.
Joan M. Vander Verp ’58 Robach, of Grand Rapids,
Mich., passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lou (Sue) Robach, Linda
Robach, Tim Robach and Tammy Robach; her grandchildren, Nikki (Karl) Wyble,
Joe (Sara) Robach, Josh (Megan) Robach and Kristy Robach; her great-grandchildren,
Brynn, Jackson, Hayden and Claire.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michigan Republican State Senator
Donald and Mildred VanderWerp.
Joan was born in Muskegon, MI and was raised
in Fremont, MI where she attended Fremont High School and went on to attend
Hope College. Joan retired from Union Bank where she worked in data processing
for many years. She enjoyed antiquing, playing bingo with friends, flea
markets and spending time with her family and her special friend Larry DuRon.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
John J. Schripsema ’42, of
Holland, Mich., went to be with his Lord Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the
Hospice House of Holland. He was 89.
John was a member of Rose Park Reformed Church, the Zeeland American Legion -
Gilbert D. Karsten Post #33 and Evergreen Commons. He also served his Country
during WWII as a Chief Pharmacists Mate in the Pacific Theater.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Janet; children, Judy and Jim Prince
of Holland, Jim and Mary Schripsema of San Jose, CA, Jack and Rita Schripsema
of Jenison, Jill Veldhoff of Zeeland, Jeff Schripsema of Caledonia, Jan and Tim
Osbeck of Zeeland; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; brother, Ken Scripsma
of Cathedral City, CA; brother-in-law, Bud Sneller of Grand Rapids; several nieces
Donald A. Smeenge ’44, of
Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday August 24, 2010 at Hospice House of Holland.
He was 87.
He was born in Holland on October 26, 1922 to Richard and Alena Smeenge. He married
Effie Geiger on March 13, 1942 with whom he was married to for 61 years until
her death. On September 24, 2005 he married Gladys Van Huis.
He was a charter
member of Christ Memorial Church and recently became a member of Graafschap Christian
Reformed Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World
War II. After World War II he was a mechanic and he operated several service
stations in the Holland area during the 1940’s and 1950’s.
He worked for Parke-Davis for nine years after which he became a real estate
broker for Westdale Realty in Holland.
He founded Smeenge Appraisal Service in
the 1970’s where he worked until he retired in 1992. While he was a real
estate appraiser he served for many years on the Board of Review for the City
During his retirement he enjoyed perch fishing, camping, golfing and spending
the winter months in Florida.
He was a talented jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. For more than forty years
he and his various bands were regulars throughout West Michigan playing at places
such as the Holland VFW, Crow Bar and Woodshed.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Effie Smeenge in 2004; his daughter,
Lorrie De Waard, in 2002; and his son, D. Richard Smeenge ’71, in 1994.
Surviving are his wife of four years, Gladys Van Huis Smeenge; his children,
Karen and James Thomas of Cape Coral, FL, Merri and Dr. Michael Oberlin of Traverse
City, and David and Debra Smeenge of Holland; daughter-in-law and son-in-law,
Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Dr. Robert De Vries of Jenison, and son-in-law,
Mark De Waard of Holland; his grandchildren, Chris and Dawn Thomas of Cape Coral,
FL, Jonathan Barber of West Olive, Pete and Ann Thomas of Cape Coral, FL, Jenny
Barber of Holland, Dr. Elisabeth and Jason Goodall of Brandon FL, Sarah and Chris
Byrd of Atlanta, GA, Amanda De Waard of Holland, Michael Smeenge of Houghton,
and Daniel Smeenge of Allendale; eight great grandchildren; and one great great
granddaughter; his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Smeenge of
Holland; and several nieces and nephews including Alan and Inge Boudreau of Bradenton
The Smeenge Family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Holland for the
tender love and care they provided him during his last year of life.
Preston Jay Stegenga ’47 of Sacramento, Calif.,
died on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. He was 86.
For much of his childhood, he lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, where his father
(Miner Stegenga) served as a Pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church. Preston started
college at Hope College in Michigan in 1941 but was called to serve in the United
States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps during World War II. He earned the Purple
Heart for a nearly fatal wound he received while in Europe. After recovering
from his wounds, Preston completed his education at Hope College in 1947. He
earned a MA degree from Columbia University (New York) in 1948. He earned a PhD
at the University of Michigan in 1952. He chose the University of Michigan, in
part, because of his love for Michigan football. One of his last words before
passing was "Go Blue."
Preston's career included serving as an instructor of History at Berea College
in Kentucky from 1952 to 1955. He was President of Northwestern College in Iowa
from 1955 to 1966. He worked for the United States Agency for International Development
from 1966 to 1968, where he served as an Advisor to the President of the University
of Liberia in West Africa. From 1968 until retirement on May 10, 1988, he was
Director of the International Center at California State University in Sacramento
(CSUS). He also served as CSUS Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs in
1974 and 1975. After retirement, he remained interested in education and foreign
affairs. For example, he served as an advisor to the California State Fair (Cal
Expo) for their international programs. He regularly was elected to serve as
Vice President of the Consistory of Hope Reformed Church in Sacramento. He is
the author of one published book, entitled Anchor of Hope, a history of Hope
College published in 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Miner (Dureth Bouma (1915))Stegenga
(1915); and his sister, Ruth Stegenga ’42 Luidens.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marcia Jean DeYoung ‘48 Stegenga;
his children, James Jay Stegenga ’76 and Susan Jayne Stegenga.
Ella Tellman ’33, of Holland, Mich., died Monday,
August 2, 2010, at Holland Hospital. She was 98.
Mrs. Tellman was born June
28, 1912, in Conrad, Montana to Rev. John (Jacquelina) Roggen.
Her family eventually moved to the Hamilton area where she graduated as the Valedictorian
of Holland High School.
She attended Hope College and also graduated as Valedictorian at the age of 20.
Ella played the organ and piano for many churches in the area and was a member
of Faith Christian Center.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Earle, on August 20, 1994; son-in-law,
Jack Hamelink, Nov. 1, 1990; and a brother and sister, Leon Roggen ’44
and Margaret Roggen ’39 De Pree.
Survivors include her children, Georgia Tellman ’58 (Kenneth) Horn of California,
Jeanie Tellman ’59 (Steve) Graves of Durand, Harry Tellman of Holland,
Nancy Tellman ’62 (Jerry) Hamelink of Vicksburg, Marge (Ted) Ellis of IN,
Dave (Beth) Tellman of Allegan; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister, Dr. Ivan (Jane) Roggen ’36
and Marian Roggen ’40 McGilvra; sister-in-law, Edna Roggen; nieces and
Paul Thompson ’50 of Lexington, Ky., died on
Thursday, March 19, 2009. He was 81.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ester Thompson, two brothers,
and one sister.
He retired from UK as Librarian for Business and Economics and was a member of
Southern Hills United Methodist Church. He was also a medic in the US Army during
the Korean Conflict and was later stationed in Panama.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Thompson; daughter, Marian “Missy” Thompson;
grandchildren, Dustin, Tarah, Autumn and Ellie, and many friends.
Robert Wayne Van Dis ‘47, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. He was 87.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Bob graduated from Hope College
and returned to Kalamazoo to become a co-owner in the family business, V&A
Bootery. He spent his entire career at V&A, working proudly along side his
father, Bill, brother, Howard, special cousin, Mel and later, son, Bill.
He was a faithful supporter of First Reformed Church, serving in many capacities
including Sunday School teacher and consistory member. Bob was a member of Second
Reformed Church at the time of his death. He served on the boards of Camp Geneva,
Western Theological Seminary and Central Park Chapel and was a president of the
Southwest Michigan Classis of the Reformed Church in America. Bob loved his community.
He served Vineyard Outreach Ministry and Ministry with Community as a volunteer
and board member. He was president of the board of both the Voluntary Action
Center and the Downtown Kalamazoo Association and a member of the board of the
Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce.
Hope College presented Bob with a Meritorious
Service Award in 1995 and the Hope for Humanity Award in 2002. He also received
the Kalamazoo Community Leadership "STAR" (Sharing Time and Resources)
Award in 1995.
Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Aldrich ’45
He is survived by his second wife, Kathryn N. Van Dis; son, William
(Susan Anderson ‘72) Van Dis; daughter, Mary Beth Van Dis ‘80 (Kenneth ‘79)
Bauman; step daughter, Michele McLaughlin; grandsons, Andrew (Emily) Van Dis,
Daniel Van Dis, Ken Bauman and Kevin Bauman, and great granddaughters, Isabella
and Abbigale Van Dis.
Fred VanLente ’55 of Portage,
Mich., died on Sunday, August 8, 2010. He was 77.
Fred was born December 29, 1932 to Frederick Sr. and Grace (Diephouse) VanLente
in Angola, Indiana. He grew up in Holland, Michigan and attended Hope College
and then Western Michigan University. While a student at WMU, Fred met Janet
I. Broman and the two were married on September 16, 1956.
In recent years the
couple have divided their time between Petoskey, Portage and Venice, Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Jan and by their children, Michael VanLente ’80
of Alexandria, Virginia, Timothy (Julie) VanLente of Amherst, New York and Laurie
(Mark) Martinez of Walled Lake, Michigan. Also surviving Fred are his grandchildren,
Keith and Kara Martinez and Erin and Peter VanLente; his sister, Betty VanLente ’53
Langwig of Phoenix, Arizona; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Wilma Rottschafer ’35 VanWieren
of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, September 13, 2010. She was 96.
Wilma was born, July 30, 1914, in Oak Harbor, Wash., to Rev. William and Carrie
(Brink) Rottschafer. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1931 and Hope
College in 1935. Wilma taught in the elementary grades for many years in the
Holland Public school system and in the West Ottawa school system. She was a
member of Christ Memorial Church and a former member of the First Reformed Church
Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, in 1998.
Survivors include her children, Dr. Glenn (Jacquelyn Nyboer ’67) VanWieren ’64
of Holland, Dr. Clare (Joan TerHaar ’67) VanWieren of Holland and Carrie
VanWieren ’69 (Janis) Baskers of White Cloud; 10 grandchildren including
Kuria VanWieren ’98, Heidi (John Byrn ’98) VanWieren ’96, Michael
(Heidi VanLangevelde ’01) VanWieren ’98, Gretel (Gerald Ericksen)
VanWieren ’93, Dustin Price ’98 and Christopher (Carolyn Rink ’88)
20 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Jean Van Wieren of Holland and Dorothy
Rottschafer of San Diego, Calf.; nephews, nieces and cousins.
Dolores Thomas ’50 Warnshuis of Greenville, Mich., died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. She was 82.
She was born in Chicago IL on June 20 1928 the daughter of Arthur G. and Effie
Hansen Thomas. Dolores married Paul R. Warnshuis on September 10, 1949 and was
a graduate of Hope College receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a graduate
of MSU with her Masters Degree.
She taught for many years in Greenville Public Schools retiring in 1988. She
served her community with her service on the Greenville City Council, Greenville
Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Flat River Community Library Board
and as a member of the Friends of the Library. She was a member of Fountain Street
Church Grand Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her son David T. Warnshuis in 2008 and also her
sister Lois and brother Don.
Survivors include her husband Paul Warnshuis ’50, son Mark (Cindy) Warnshuis
of Greenville, grandchildren; Katherine (Bruce) Aittama and Jessica (fiancé Jamey
Messer) Warnshuis all of Greenville, Thomas (Carly) Warnshuis of Caledonia, great
grandchildren, Aubrey Warnshuis and Addison Aittama, her siblings, Gordon E.
(Jeananne Bondhouse ’54) Thomas ’53 of Kalamazoo, Gayle S. Thomas ’53
of Normal IL, Shirley Thomas ’55 (Cornelius) Hegewald and Barbara Cooper
both of Grand Rapids, Arthur Russell Thomas of Lake Forest IL, Special friend
Dawn Wyckoff of Greenville, sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Flint Patterson (Harry)
of Ionia and nieces and nephews.
James Ziegler ’56 passed
away unexpectedly on Friday, August 20, 2010. He was 75.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Wiseman in 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Laurel Vanderplow Ziegler; sons, James Ziegler Jr.
and Tommy Dale (Kerri) Ziegler and their family, daughter, Taryn, son T.J.; step-sons,
Brett and Andrew. Also surviving are Susan's sons, Ryan and Casey Wiseman; and
James' brothers-in-law, Dale and Tom Vanderplow.