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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 (Kenny) 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 50 years.
Marvin served his country in the US Navy in WWII and the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

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 in 1992, 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; grandchildren, 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 of Zeeland.

Dr. Donald L. De Vries ’57, of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Hospice House of Holland. 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 for The 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 27, 2007.

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, Illinois, 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, Mich., 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, Canada, died 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, Mich., died on Friday, August 6, 2010. He was 88.

Dale was born in Holland, graduated from Holland High School (1940), and Hope College (1944).

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., died on 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, RI, 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 memory.

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 community 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 adventurous John. 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, DC.

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 18 months.

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 1999.

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 Conrad.

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., died 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 Tulsa, Okla., died on Thursday, March 2, 2006. She was 88.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Houtman ’41; brother, Edwin Nieusma ’46.

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 83.

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, Joanne Zenke.

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, Calif., 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, Mich., 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 Pacific.

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 and nephews.

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.

Bob was 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 of Michigan.

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 and nephews.

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 of Holland.

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 FL.

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 nephews.

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 Van Dis.

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 in Holland.

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) VanWieren ’87;
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.