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April 2011 Obituaries

Robert Albers '52 (1/9/11)

Kodjopa Attoh (2/7/11)

MaryJane Dixon '66 Baxter (12/25/10)

William S. Bernard '91 (12/15/10)

Nicole Beuschel '11 (02/21/11)

Ann Fikse '47 Boss (11/26/10)

Virginia Miller '57 Bostian (02/15/11)

Irwin L. Brink '53 (9/19/10)

Luella Brady '48 Browand (2/20/11)

Malcolm Brown '49(11/20/10)

Jerry Bulthuis '40 (11/30/10)

David Clark '60 (1/21/11)

Thomas DePree '57 (12/04/10)

Richard De Vlaming '67 (8/11/10)

Louis McDowell '53 DeWitte (12/31/10)

Delbert De Young '52 (1/30/11)

Marcine Muilenburg '53 DeJong (01/03/11)

Joseph Dolnik '52 (1/19/11)

Julia Blough '64 Dunton (12/25/10)

Shirley Leslie '49 Dykstra (11/26/10)

Vergil Dykstra '49 (12/31/10)

Harold Franken '51 (12/13/10)

Gertrude Bolema '44 Fuller (10/21/10)

Gerard Gnade '50 (12/29/10)

Lars Granberg (03/02/11)

David Hager '52 (04/21/10)

Ronald H. Hale (12/17/10)

Audrey Christy '49 Heasty (08/19/10)

Linda Lange '74 (11/29/10)

Joanne Hasper '68 Langeland (01/20/11)

Blaise Levai '42 (12/20/10)

Robert Looyenga '61 (11/11/10)

Julius Lubbers '40 (1/21/11)

Rosey Seith '45 Maatman (02/13/11)

Hamilton McCallum '51 (02/13/11)

John Muller '42 (02/06/11)

George Nordhouse '41 (02/15/11)

Mary "Betty" Oonk-Wojahn '90 (12/26/10)

Richard Oudersluys (11/20/10)

John Pink '71 (01/28/02)

Gerard "Nick" Pool '56 (11/23/10)

Robert Prins '54 (11/14/10)

Barbara Upward '82 Pyett (12/28/10)

Ivan Roggen '36 (11/28/10)

Nancy Vanderkolk '62 Saccani (1/17/11)

Lila Wiersma '37 Salisbury (1/28/11)

Alma Mae Scarlett (12/10/10)

Ruth Stryker '41 Smith (10/25/10)

Homer Smith '37 (12/20/10)

Julia Bernius '52 Spitzler (1/7/11)

Margaret Friesema '44 Staver (12/18/09)

Jane Spencer '73 Stegenga (12/4/10)

Allyn Stillman '50 (12/30/10)

Glenn Stokdyk '46 (12/26/10)

Ruth Vander May '42 Van Tatenhove (1/25/11)

Betty Vicha '61 Van Wyk (11/14/10)

Gertrude "Trudy" VanZee '34 (02/06/11)

Robert Visser '54 (11/27/10)

Frieda Grote '45 Wezeman (2/8/11)

Rene' Willis Jr. '41 (01/19/11)

Robert Albers '52 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in Resthaven Care Facility.

A loving, family man, Dr. Robert Albers considered his wife and children his greatest treasure and gift from God., Born in Holland to Marvin and Minnie (Heerspink) Albers, Bob graduated from Holland High School and from Hope College. He earned his pre-med degree and continued on to receive his medial degree at the University of Michigan.

During his years of training and study, Bob married Rose Marie Tardiff in 1954. The early years of Dr. Albers’ career were spent in Grand Rapids in an internship/residency in general surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital. In addition, he was part of a general practitioner group, trained with a specialist in hand surgery, and was a fellow with the American College of surgeons. He soon became known for his calm and caring manner with patients and was respected for his surgical and diagnostic abilities.

In 1963, Bob returned to his home town of Holland and began his own general surgery practice. By the late 1970’s Dr. Albers teamed up with Dr. Bruce Masselink to form their practice called Holland Surgical Associates. Dr. Albers, a principled man of faith, was a longtime member of Christ Memorial Church where he enjoyed Christian fellowship and service, with a special appreciation of the music ministry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Minnie Albers, and his daughter, Laurel Anne Albers Swanson in 2005.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rose Marie Tardiff ’53 Albers; his sons, Michael Paul (Kathy) Albers of Collegeville, Pa., and Mark Robert (Kate Brown) Albers of Holland, Mich.; his grandchildren, Martha and Mitch Alberts from Pa., and Jillian Albers from Holland; his sister, Norma Albers ’48 (William) Zonnebelt; and his brothers-in-law, Calvin Tardiff and Ray (Gail) Tardiff.

Kodjopa Attoh of Ithaca, N.Y., died on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends at the age of 66 after a long battle with stomach cancer.

He was a well respected and extensively published geologist, a loyal and loving father, husband and friend with a passion for soccer, tennis and politics. He was the son of Ephraim Attoh and Ellen Bansah of Taviefe, Ghana, born on March 29, 1944 in Taviefe where he began his schooling. After his middle school education at Bishop Hermann School in Kpando, Ghana, he completed his secondary education at the prestigious Achimota College. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Geology), a Masters of Science (Geology_ and a PhD (Geology) from the University of Ghana, University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University, respectively. He returned to Ghana fro the United States in 1974 to teach and conduct research at the University of Ghana as a senior lecturer (Assistant Professor) between 1974 and 1978.

Thereafter he moved to Ottawa, Canada after successfully competing for a post-doctoral fellowship at the geological survey of Canada. Life in Canada was good, He made many lifelong friends there and learned the joys of ice skating on the frozen Ottawa River. But after two years (198-80) he left to accept a position at Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he worked, married Sandra Greene and began his family.

During his years among the Dutch of western Michigan (1981-1993) he regularly hosted the African foreign students enrolled at Hope College and at the theological seminary in town. His enthusiasm for teaching found great expression in leading students on field trips throughout North America and West Africa. many a student remembers him clambering over outcrops and through road cuts, pointing out how to read the rocky landscape. In demonstrating his excitement about the world’s oldest formations, he inspired many students to continue their study of geology into graduate school. This was true wherever he taught.

In 1993, he moved to Cornell University where he worked first as an Associate Professor and later as a senior research associate, expanding his record of publications and expertise in the geology of Ghana through collaborative research with colleagues at both Cornell and Syracuse University. He took great pride in his family’s accomplishments and constantly preached to his children the importance of doing their very best, especially in school. He was equally passionate about politics, seeking out others to debate and discuss the latest developments in the U.S. and around the world. He empathized with the disadvantage of the world and because of this was an early volunteer with the Durfee Tutoring Project, working with Ithaca students to improve their performance at school. He was also a regular contributor to such organizations as UNICEF and the NAACP and to development projects in Ghana. His love of travel and his desire to share his passion for geology led him to work at Mekele University in Ethiopia (1997-1998), the University of Kuwait (1999-2001) and back to the University of Ghana on a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship (2002-2004) where he taught geology.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Albert Okai and Kwame Ottah.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Greene; two sons, Kafui and Kwaku Attoh; eleven brothers and sisters; a multitude of nieces and nephews and a host of friends in the United states and around the world, from Austria to New Zealand, from Ghana and Croatia to Ethiopia.


MaryJane Dixon '66 Baxter MaryJane Dixon ’66 Baxter of Port Charlotte, Fla., died on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. She was 66.

She was born Jan. 20, 1944 in Union City, N.J. MaryJane was an elementary teacher from the New York City Public School System before retiring and moving from Staten Island, N.Y. in 2004.

She was a former member of Marble Collegiate Church, Manhattan, N.Y. and attended 1st United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla. MaryJane enjoyed volunteering at Bargain Boutique at church and Habitat for Humanity.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years, Robert Baxter; and nephews, Kenneth Dixson and Thomas Dixson both of N.J.


William S. Bernard '91 of Royal Oak, Mich., died on Dec. 15, 2010. He was 42.

He was preceded in death by his father, William J. Bernard.

Survivors include his mother, Nancy (Terrence) Wright; brothers, Joseph (Kelly) Wright and Terrence (Kim) Wright; a sister, Leigh (Sean) Conard; nieces and nephews, Simon, Henry Alyssa, Katelyn and Brendan; many uncles, aunts and cousins; loving friend Sue Metzler.


Nicole Beuschel '11 of Comstock Park, Mich., died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. She was 28.

Nicole was a ten year cancer survivor. Her tenacious determination to persevere was an inspiration to all. Nicole attended Hope College and interned for two summers at Van Andel Research Institute.

Nicole was dearly loved by her mother, Patricia Beuschel and the late John Beuschel, grandmothers, Florence Schut and Janice Beuschel and the late Ernest Schut and Wilton Beuschel; aunts and uncles, Carol (Bob) Johnson, Vicki (Joe) Machacek, Gail Schoenborn and Gary Beuschel. In addition, Nicole and Patti’s special friends, Tammy Cnossed and Sheri Rinks who were always available to help out wwhen needed.

A special thanks go out to the staff at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for their loving compassion for those they care for daily. Nicole and her mother hold great love and respect for all. A special thanks to Dr. Axtell, Drista DeLong, PA, Dr. Kurt, Jodi Meinka, PA and Dr. Mitchell for helping us along this ten year journey.


Ann fikse '47 Boss of Waupun, Wisc., died on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at her Waupun residence, surrounded by her family. She was 84.

Ann was born on July 30, 1926, in Stickney, South Dakota, a daughter of Rev. Henry and Emma (Timmer) Fikse. Following her graduation from Hudsonville, Mich., High School, Ann attended Hope College, graduating in 1947. On June 30, 1949, she was united in marriage to Rev. Donald Boss in Chandler, Minn.

As a pastor’s wife, Ann was called to several communities prior to their retiring in Waupun. She was a school teacher in Hudsonville, Holland, Mich.; and Waupun where she ministered to unmarried pregnant girls. Ann was the director of adult education while they were in DeMotte, Ind. She served on the board of trustees for Western Theological Seminary, and locally on the board of the Christian Home. Ann was a member of First Reformed Church of Waupun, where she began Adventures in Mission, a quilting ministry outreach.

She also lovingly crafted quilts for all her family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren; Ruth Ann Boss and Tim Boss.

Survivors include Donald Boss ‘50, her husband of 61 years; her son, Richard (Amy) Boss, Holland, Mich., two daughters; Mary (Calvin) Siegel, Fall Creek, and Rhoda (Chistopher) Kerkes, De Motte, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Cynthia Fikse ’50(Michael ’52) Romano, Surfside Beach, S.C.; two brothers, John (Beverly) Fikse ‘55, Central Lake, Mich., and Evert (Ardith) Fikse ’60, Grand Rapids, Mich., nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

  Virginia Miller '57 Bostian of Freeport, Ill., died on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. She was 75.

She was born on Nov. 21, 1935, in Freeport, the daughter of Ben (Edna) Miller of German Valley. She grew up in Germany Valley and attended Hope College in Holland, Mich. Virginia married David Bostian in 1976, and lived in Virginia for a number of years. They moved to German Valley and spent their retirement years on the Miller family farm.

She worked in Newell’s production control for a number of years and was an active member of Siver Creek Reformed Church.

Survivors include her husband, David Bostian; son, Scott (Rita) Bostian; two wonderful grandchildren, Talia and Juniper; brother, Gerald (Carol) Miller ’62; and two nieces, Jill and Beth.


Irwin L. Brink '53 of Plymouth, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. He was 80. He was an accountant for Evans Products Company and Masco, Inc. After retirement he drove the school bus for Red Bell Nursery School in Plymouth, Mich.

Preceded in death by his grandson Stephen. Great grandfather of Jackson. Dear brother of Ronald (Jean), Robert and Betty Brink.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years to Shirley. Beloved father of Lynda (Dan) Markiewicz, Russ (Carolyn), Jerry (Tracy) and Katie (Michael) McCollum. Proud grandfather of Scott and Jeffrey Markiewicz, Amanda (A.J) Erickson, Christopher Brink, Garrett (Ashley) Brink and Jaclyn Brink.


Luella Brady '48 Browand of Lansing, Michigan, died on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. She was 87.

She was born Jan. 23, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Earl (Edith) Brady. Luella was a Veteran of the United States navy serving in Bethesda, Maryland. She College, and then got her Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She worked as a librarian for Kalamazoo Public Library, and also substituted for the Lansing Public School System.

Luella was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church, where she was very active in the choir, bell choir, bell carillon, and Bible study. she loved to travel, and had a lifelong love of music, but above all she loved her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth Browand; grandson, Douglas Rabideau; and brothers, Dick and Ron Brady.

Survivors include her daughters: Luanne (Ed) Rabideau, Kristine ( Dave) Holubowicz, and Barbara Pasch; son-in-law, Tom Pasch; grandchildren, Nick (Kelly) Rabideau, Randy Rabideau, Shane Blair, Devin Blair, David Holubowicz, Jennifer Holubowicz, Jim Pasch, Tom Pasch and Jessica Pasch; and great-grandchildren, Alaina Rabideau, Ethan Rabideau, Owen Rabideau and Cameron Pasch.


Malcolm Brown '49 of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. He was 83.

Born in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., July 14, 1927, he was the son of the late Hugh and Helen Brown. He was a graduate of Hope College and completed his doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master of divinity at the Westminster Seminary. Malcolm served churches in Wycombe, Pa., Duanesburg, N.Y., Boothwyn, Pa. and retired from Bacon Hill Reformed Church in Schuylerville. He served as director of ministries of the Peniel Bible Conference.

His was predeceased by his son, Douglas Brown, and brother, David Brown.

Malcolm is survived by his wife of 55 years, Florence Brown; his son, Timothy Brown (Cathy) of Queensbury; brother, Bruce Brown of North Collins, N.Y.; two sisters, Edith McCormick of Listowel, Canada and Margaret Call of Durham, N.C., and many nieces and nephews.


Jerry Bulthuis '40, of Holland, died Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in his home at Warm Friend. He was 95.

He was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving during WWII. Dr. Bulthuis was a private practice physician in Jamestown from 1947-1982.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Bulthuis in 1998 and grandson, Phillip Edward Van Regenmorter in 1969; and a brother, Alfred Bulthuis ’34.

Survivors include his children, Mary and Neil Van Regenmorter of Holland, Sally Bulthuis of Grandville, Linda and Tom Spaman of Moline, George and Trudy Bulthuis of Holland, Gayle and Ron Byker of Hudsonville; special family friend, Jane Rademacher; ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; brothers, Glenn and Alida Bulthuis ‘46 of CA., Donald and Elaine Bulthuis ’50 of Holland; sister-in-law, Genevieve and Clair DeMull of Holland; many nieces and nephews, including Steven Bulthuis ’90.


David Clark ’60 of North Muskegon, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. He was 72.

He was born on Jun 28, 1928 to Claude and Naomi (Casler) Clark in Amsterdam, N.Y. He married Janice Northrop in 1992.

David graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a Masters degree from Oneonta College in N.Y. He served his country in the National Guard, taught school and was a guidance counselor in upstate N.Y. Dave also worked as a financial advisor.

His life took on new meaning and changed with the last two years when he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. He grew through his Men’s Bible Study and the teaching of his church at Northside Bible Church. We look forward some day to a heavenly reunion.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Northrop; daughter, Kristin Clark ’95 (Jeff) Williams of Hastings, Mich.; sons, Stephen (Erin) Clark of Virginia, Jeffrey (Samantha) Anhalt ’94 of Spring Lake, Joel (Krista) Anhalt of Arcadia, and Jonathan (Erin) Anhalt of Muskegon; 19 very loved grandchildren; his brother, Charles (Donna) Clark of Florida; sisters, Doris Ann Clark of New York and Claudia (Larry) Pearson of North Carolina; and former wife, Norma Jean Foster ’70 Clark.


Thomas DePree '57 of Holland, Mich., died unexpectedly in Miami, Fla., while on vacation with his family on Saturday, Dec 3, 2010. He was 75 years old.

He was born on Christmas day, 1934, to the late Kenneth ’24 and Margaret Anderson ’26 DePree of Holland. Thomas was a graduate of Holland High School where he was the 1953 senior class president and also on the football team.

He attended Hope College prior to serving on active military duty as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp. in Japan from 1954-1957. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York.

While at MSU he met his wife, Deanna Black and remained happily married for 49 years and 10 months until the time of his death. After completing his master’s degree in New York he returned to Holland in 1961 to manage the Franklin Life Insurance Agency that had been in his family since the early 1900’s. He continued to work in the Financial services and insurance industry for his career.

His love for democracy, community and government led to his passion and life-long involvement in politics. He was a political advisor for many campaigns and an advocate for youth and minority leadership through educational opportunities and the electoral process. DePree served on the selection committee for United States Ambassadors during the Reagan era. In 1997, he was honored by the United States House of Representative in the Congressional Record for his contribution to American Democracy. He was elected multiple times to serve as a delegate for the Republican National Convention, and served as Chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party for over a decade. He served as vice-chairman for two decades prior to that position. He was a current member of the Ottawa County Republican n Party Executive Committee, a position he held since the 1960’s.

He was a member of Rotary Club international and current chairman of the school, youth and colleges committee providing college scholarships for many Holland area students in need. Additionally he was the founder of Rotary Leaders for the 21st Century, providing leadership training for young students for over a decade. Other highlights include being elected as an Ottawa County Commissioner and a president of the Century Club

He was an original and ongoing volunteer for the Waterfront Film Festival and enjoyed travel around the world including Egypt, Venezuela, Thailand, Japan, St. Lucia, Mexico, The Dominican Republic and Europe.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna DePree of Holland; two daughters, Dana DePree Minter (Derek) of Saugatuck, and Dory DePree of Saugatuck a son, Hopwood DePree of Holland and Los Angeles; two brothers, Kenneth DePree ‘54 of the Dominican Republic, and James DePree of Chicago; a sister, Suzanne DePree of Ashville, North Carolina; and a granddaughter, Jensen Black Minter.

Richard De Vlaming '67 of Hamilton, ON, Canada, died on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

Dick was a retired insurance broker who served as president of the insurance Brokers Association of Hamilton and the Insurance Brokers association of Ontario and thrived on the challenges of that business. He loved choral music and greatly enjoyed his years as a tenor in the Bach Elgar Choir and the Cathedral Choir.

In his retirement years he spent many hours at the computer organizing and selling some of his cherished stamp collection. When he wasn’t computing, he was at his Kitchen Aid mixer baking his famous raisin bread or egg buns which he was so pleased to share with family and friends. The congregation at the Cathedral will all miss the communion bread that he faithfully baked, for weekly and special services. His favorite well-worn phrase was “I’m going to work now” which applied across the board in his life, including his many weeks in hospital.

Survivors include his wife Donelle Diggle ’67 De Vlaming; a son, Len; daughter-in-law Caireen and adored granddaughters, Naomi and Amelia; brother Jake (Marlene), sister Joan (Tony); mother-in-law, Wenona; sister-in-law, Rebecca (Bryant); brother-in-law, Roger; his nieces and nephews and their families, and extended family in Holland, all of whom he dearly loved.


Louis McDowell '53 DeWitte of Rochester, N.Y., died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. She was 79.

She was born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 28, 1931 to Harold & Elsie (Lyden) McDowell. Louise and her husband enjoyed traveling in their Airtream to many places, making wonderful friends. A graduate of Hope College, Louise was a school teacher, church secretary, avid birder, nature lover and water color painter. She also spent many hours as a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp. The world is a better place because of Louise.

Survivors include her husband, Roy DeWitte ’53; son David (Frances) DeWitte; daughters, Nancy DeWitte ’82 (Tom) Condon and Anne (Dan) Shelley; grandchildren, Stephanie ’09, Robert & Mary DeWitte, and Tyler & Lauren Shelley; brothers Ralph (Peg) McDowell and James (Shirley) McDowell; several nieces & nephews.


Delbert De Young '52 of Friesland, Wisc., died on Sunday, Jan 30, 2011. He was 81.

Delbert was born on March 23, 1929 to Webe and Jennie (Cupery) De Young in Friesland. He completed Friesland State Graded School in 1942 and gradated from Randolph High School with the class of 1946. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served two years. Following his service, he attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., for three years. On Sept. 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Doris Adams.

He finished his education by attending the University of Wisconsin Engineering School for four years, graduating in 1955 with a master’s degree in chemical engineering. Delbert was employed at Du Pont Company in Wilmington, Del., as technical service and sales engineer in the Teflon Plastics Group for six years, after which he returned to Friesland, founding Friesland Plastics Co. to manufacture and sell thread sealant and packings made from Teflon plastic material. In 1961 he founded Cupery & De Young Storage Corp. in Friesland for the storage of canned foodstuffs and empty tin cans for the food canning industry. In 1973 he founded Adams Transit Inc. for the transportation needs of the food canning industry.

At the same time he began De Young Rentals Inc. to establish storage facilities in other areas of Wisconsin, and for the leasing of transportation vehicles and equipment. He was a longtime member of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association, served as chairman from 1997 to 1999, and was honored for his dedication and support of WMCA by being presented with the Frank W. Babbitt Award in 1995. He was a lifelong member of First Reformed Church of Friesland and served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 401 of Cambria.s Delbert was an avid collector of antique autos and trucks staring his personal collection in 1980 which continues to grow today. He was a dedicated member of many national and local antique truck and auto clubs, and enjoyed sharing his collection with others, along with attending various shows around the country.

He was truly blessed in his second marriage to Betty J. Lloyd (Morgan) a Randolph High School classmate on June 27, 1998.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Doris Adams ’52 De Young on March 14, 1997; his parents; an older brother Eugene De Young ’46; a brother-in-law, James D. Adams; and step brother-in-law, Fred H. Noordhof.

Survivors include his wife, Betty De Young; his son Peter A. De Young ’78, Friesland; his daughter Mary J. De Young ’81, Wauwatosa, Wisc.; his son James W. (Holly Anderson ’90) De Young ’88, Beaver Dam; two granddaughters, Tessa and Rebecca De Young; two stepsons, Douglas (Deidre) Lloyd and Donald (Sally) Lloyd; stepdaughter, Lisbeth (David) Deblitz; four step-grandchildren, Douglas (Kiley) Lloyd, Samuel Lloyd, David (Alexia) Deblitz, and Emily Deblitz; and a step-great-granddaughter, Evelyn. He is further survived by his sister Marlene (James) Smedema, Gilbert, Ariz; two sisters-in-law, Ruth De Young Cupery, Randolph; Kay Adams, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and step-sister-in-law, Nancy Noordhof, Beaver Dam; and nieces, nephews, other relative and many friends.


Marcine Muilenburg '53 DeJong of Waterville, Minn., died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. She was 82.

Marcine was born to Dick and Reka (Visser) Muilenburg on December 9, 1928, in Orange City. She went to Northwestern College in Orange City, then Hope College in Holland, Michigan, becoming a teacher.

She married Conrad Keith DeJong on June 25, 1952, at Trinity Reformed Church. After several teaching jobs in Iowa and Michigan (music for Keith and elementary for Marcine), they went to the rainy hills of Kodaikanal, South India, in March of 1957, through the Reformed Church in America, to teach in what was at that time a boarding school for missionary children. Each denomination sponsored teachers for missionaries’ children to get the education needed for American college life. Over time, as the school transformed into a Christian International School, Marcine transformed the town with her brainchild CORSOCK (Coordinating Council of Social Concerns in Kodaikanal), an interfaith group of people distressed by the poverty and suffering many townspeople endured. Handouts of sweaters sent by the generous church groups started riots and didn’t solve the problems Marcine saw, so she went to work with a typewriter, many carbons, a hot cup of water every evening, and a lot of prayer. Her children went to sleep each night to the tickety –tack of her speedy typing out in the dining room. She first created sewing and craft jobs for women, international costume dolls, clothing, and other “American” items that the growing Indian tourist population wanted to buy. She was an ace at delegation. When she saw someone with talents or resources to offer, she took them up on it and created a venue for them.

Keith and Marcine retired to the United States of America and Tucson, Arizona, in 1993, after 36 years of service to the school and local community. They later moved to Minnesota, to be near their daughter. Along with all the Kodai School students she affected with her part-time teaching and Christian youth group activities (not to mention the largest American comic book collection in southern India!), Marcine as CORSOCK’s president, left three sales centers that generated products for local tourists and boutiques abroad. The money they made provided operating revenue for the Mercy Home for the elderly indigent, health aides for area villages, a new wing on the hospital, prosthetics for the lame, roofs, books, sweaters, school supplies, evening classes for the poor, and over 150 jobs for the “unemployable”, like unwed mothers and widows as well as “reg’lar folk”, formerly with no recourse but begging to survive. If someone admired her efforts and outcomes, she would dismiss them in her brusque way with, “It’s just the Lord at work through me and others. Anyone want a Tic-Tac?” Marcine was home every day at 4:00pm, with tea ready for any of her children that got home before sports or ballet. She loved Scrabble, playing tag and basketball (a couple of years ago!), ice cream, teaching Sunday school, a good Christian book, her husband and family, a few close friends, singing, and prayer. Her prayer list is legendary: pages of people with needs she’d bring each day to her Lord.

Marcine is survived by her husband of 58 years, Keith; her sister, Lee Roos; her sons and their wives, Garry (Suzanne Smith) DeJong, Bruce (Tamar Ulrich) DeJong, and James (Dawn Reynolds) DeJong; her daughter, Dorothy DeJong (Jeff Jarvis); her grandchildren, Terah, Hans, S. Ketsa, Leif, and Andry DeJong, Noelle and Annelise DeJong, and Hunter DeJong-Caron; her in-laws, David and Dorothea (Essebaggers) DeJong and G. Edward (Mary Lindquist) DeJong, and their families, many other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Ivan (Winifred) Muilenburg, and brother-in-law, Allen Roos.

Joseph Dolnik '52 of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. He was 86.

He was born April 29, 1924 in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Seporina) Dolnik. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was a graduate of Hope College. He was employed as a teacher in Shelby and Kalamazoo schools and later as a machine operator for Eaton Corp. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karla Dolnik.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Kraai) Dolnik, who in married in 1952; children, Richard (Dorrie) Dolnik of Cooper Twp., Ronald (Laura) Dolnik of Plainwell, and Kathy Dolnik of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Rachel (Rob) Wiener of Parchment and Taylor Kelly of Kalamazoo whom he and Barbara raised, seven additional grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Julia Blough '64 Duntonof DeMotte, Ind., died on Sat. Dec. 25, 2010. She was 68.

Born on Nov. 12, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Mich. to the late Henry and Agnes (Middlebush) Blough. Julia was a teacher of High School and College level students. She also attended the Community Christian Reformed Church of Roselawn. She achieved a Masters Degree in Theatre and Theological Studies.

Survivors include her sons; James Dunton and John (Nedra) Katrine Curtis Dunton; brothers, Michael (Janet) Blough.


Shirley Leslie '49 Dykstra of Centrevilla, Va., died on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. She was 86.

Born in Schenectady, NY, on July 13, 1924, Shirley graduated from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady in 1943 then worked for two years as a draftsman for General Electric to earn enough to attend college. She graduated with a BA in 1949 from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and married Vergil Dykstra that June. They moved to the Washington area in 1973 when Vergil became president of George Mason University.

A lifelong artist, Shirley specialized in charcoal and ink sketches and oil paintings, and worked extensively in glass mosaic in her later years. She was an accomplished carpenter and worked in scene design with the theatre department at SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University) and with local community theatre productions in the late 1960s and early "70s. At George Mason University, she worked on props and scene design and construction for the Agora Society theatre company from 1973 to 1976.

Shirley taught geometry at Binghamton Central High School in Binghamton, N.Y, in the late 1960s. Following her divorce, she started a carpentry business in 1977, calling herself "Shirley, Lady Carpenter." She obtained her real estate license in 1980 and became an agent for Red Carpet-Al Smith Realty in the City of Fairfax. She served on the city's Board of Architectural Review from 1981 to 1987.

Shirley is survived by her brother, Craig Leslie ’51 of Leesburg, Fla.; her four children, Leslie Dykstra ‘74 (Robert C. Schoening) of Fairfax, Va.; Lynne D. Perry of Jacksonville, Fla.; Craig D. Dykstra (Valerie) of Centreville, Va; and Kevin S. Dykstra (Katy O'Grady), of Fairfax. She will be greatly missed by her five grandchildren, her great-granddaughter, and her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, including Dwight Leslie ’72 and Linda Leslie ’82.

Vergil Dykstra '49 of Fairfax, Va., died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington, Va., following a stroke.

He was a resident of the Virginian in Fairfax. He was 85. He served as president of George Mason University from 1973 to 1977, in the years immediately after the college became an independent university. As president, he oversaw a period of tremendous growth in the university’s enrollment, physical plant, infrastructure and academic programs, with 15 new undergraduate and seven new graduate programs created during his tenure, including the nursing program. Critical to the growth of academics and student life at Mason were new building projects such as Student Union I, Fenwick Library Tower, Robinson Hall, and the first student housing on campus in 1977. These years of growth brought many changes and challenges to the university.

Dykstra focused on increasing diversity throughout the campus, strengthening ties to the community, and establishing “a different kind of communication and trust that others were able to build on,” he said in a 2010 interview. “I was a strong believer in academic freedom. A university is unique in encouraging people to think and speak for themselves,” Dykstra said in the interview.

During his time at Mason, students pushed to invite Jane Fonda to speak at the university, an idea that raised controversy with the Mason board and even members of Congress. But Dykstra felt that Mason should “show an example of a university respecting opinions even if we didn’t agree with them,” and Fonda visited the campus. Dykstra was responsible for Mason’s first nationally-known program, bringing the archived materials of the Federal Theatre Project to the university. Of his years at Mason, Dykstra said, “I was trying to help build things that mattered, and I think some of it worked.”

Born in Harrison, South Dakota, on February 1, 1925, Dykstra grew up in Iowa, the eighth of nine surviving children of Rev. Broer Dykstra, an immigrant from the Netherlands, and Nellie Schippers of Iowa. Dykstra served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, then graduated in 1949 with a BA from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, first in his class, summa cum laude, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MA (1950) and a PhD (1953) in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and was a Carnegie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan from 1961 to 1962 where he studied college administration. Dykstra’s college teaching career included positions at the University of Cincinnati; the University of Oregon, where he won an award for outstanding teaching; the University of Wisconsin; the University of Minnesota; and SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University).

He taught courses in philosophy, ethics, logic, epistemology, and philosophy of education. At Binghamton, Dykstra made the transition to higher education administration, serving as the university’s vice president for administration from 1962 to 1973. Following his years at Mason, he became administrative vice president at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where he served from 1978 until his retirement in 1989.

As a consultant, Dykstra worked with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). With the IESC, he travelled to Bolivia in 1989.

Dykstra married Shirley Leslie in 1949; the two divorced in 1977. His second marriage, to Dr. Wanda Rappaport, ended in divorce in 1987.

Survivors include his four children, Leslie Dykstra ‘74 (Robert C. Schoening) of Fairfax, Va.; Lynne D. Perry of Jacksonville, Fla.; Craig D. Dykstra (Valerie) of Centreville, Va.; and Kevin S. Dykstra (Katy O'Grady), also of Fairfax. He is warmly remembered by his five grandchildren, his great-granddaughter, and his many nephews and nieces across the United States.

Harold Franken '51 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, December 13, 2010, at Hospice House of Holland.

His brother James preceded him in death in August, 2010. He was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church where he served as an elder and deacon for many years and was a board member to the Maplewood Mission Memorial Fund.

He was president of the Holland area Reformed Church classis. Hal worked for WHTC for 41 years, served as a U.S. Marine for two years and graduated from Hope College in 1951.

He is survived by his lov¬ing wife of 55 years, Jean (Geneva) Franken; his children, John and Kim Franken ‘85 and Steve and Liesje Franken, all of Holland; his six grandchildren, Zachary, William ‘14, Katie, Claire, Matthew and Joseph Franken; as well as a sisters-in-law, Frances ( John) Vojvodic of Fennville and Norma Lehmoine of Missouri.


Gertrude Bolema '44 Fuller of Naples, Fla., died on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. She was 90

. She had been in declining and failing health for several years prior to her death and will be forever remembered for her continuing strength and effervescent personality to the very end.

One of 6 brothers and sisters, she was born Gertrude (Trudy) Bolema to Jacob and Bertha Bolema on October 10, 1920 in Muskegon, Mich. She attended Muskegon High School and Hope College where she graduated in 1941 with a degree in music and theatre. All through her high school and college career and beyond, she displayed her many talents in music and theatre having had the lead in several off-Broadway musicals as well as producing a number of voice recordings with popular songs of the time.

Throughout World War II, she sang part-time with a number of local popular big bands of the time such as the Frank Lockage and Charlie Bird orchestras, even having a one time gig with the Tommy Dorsey Band on a tour stop in the local area in the early 1940s. At the same time, she was an executive secretary to senior management at defense department contractor Kaydon Engineering throughout World War II where she met her future husband, Robert, who was the company’s engineering director as well as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. They were married in April of 1944 and subsequently moved to Spring Lake where she spent most of the rest of her life raising her children and being a business administrative assistant to her husband, Robert, in several of his many entrepreneurial businesses.

She was a very special person and a talented wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many who will miss her greatly. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Robert Fuller; sisters Mary Bolema ’41 Boot and Betty Bolema; and brothers Jack Bolema and Robert Bolema ’54.

Survivors include her only remaining brother, David (Patti) Bolema of Ormand Beach, Fla.; and by her sons, Tim (Susan) Fuller of Spring Lake, Mich., and Dr. Steven Fuller of Boise, Idaho; as well as grandsons, Robert (Sarah) Fuller of Spring Lake, Christian (Lilli) Fuller of La Jolla, Calif., and Alexandra Fuller of Boise, Idaho; and her precious great-granddaughters, Sophia, May and Tessa, all of Spring Lake; many nieces and nephews, including Theodore (Sally) Bolema ’82 and Sally Bolema ’84 (William ’84) Fisher.


  Gerard Gnade '50 of Okemos, Mich., died on Wednesday, Dec, 29, 2010. He was 84.

Formerly of South Holland and Beecher, Ill., he was born July 26, 1926 in Cloverhill, N.J. to Reverend Dr. Gerard Rudolph Gnade, Sr. and Hazel Brown Gnade. Dr. Gnade spent his high school years in Schenectady, N.Y. where he attended Nott Terrace High School.

After graduation, during WWII, Jerry began his life of service by enlisting in the U.S.Navy to aid the war effort. During this time serving as a medic he realized a love of medicine. He attended Hope College in Holland, Mich. and Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., graduating in 1955. Dr. Gnade was the recipient of the prestigious Lamb Foundation award for doctor-patient relations. In 1956, Dr. Gnade moved to south Holland, Ill. to join a medical practice with Dr. Carl Walvoord. A passionate patient advocate, Dr. Gnade understood the importance of a family practice, thereby ministering to literally thousands of patients throughout his career. Dr. Gnade was on the staff of Ingall’s Memorial Hospital, Harvey, Ill. for his entire career, serving in many capacities including Chief of Staff, Medical Director of Hospice and Director of Utilization Review. He continued his medical practice until his retirement in 2003.

Survivors include his wife Ruth Ann; children, Carol (Lorraine Miller) Gnade, Diane Gnade ‘77 (Robert) Valentine, Dr. Gail (Steven Palmer) Gnade, Gerard (Kimberly) Gnade, Dr. Rena VanRenterghem ’87 (Ron) Azar, Robert (Cynthia Van Duryne ’90) VanRenterghem ’90; brother Kenneth (the late Mari) Gnade; his three beloved nieces and their families; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ronald and daughter Wendy. All who knew Jerry will remember fondly his love of medicine, his compassion, his cheerfulness, his love of life and family.


Lars Granberg of Holland, a retired member of the Hope College psychology faculty who held major roles in the administration while at Hope and was also a past president of Northwestern College in Iowa, died on Wednesday, March 2, at age 91.

Dr. Granberg retired from Hope in 1984 as the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of Psychology. Through his years at Hope, he founded and directed the counseling center, and served as acting vice president for academic affairs, dean for the social sciences and director of interdisciplinary studies.

Dr. Granberg was born in Egersund, Norway, on May 26, 1919. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and younger sister, Johanna, in 1925. He attended Chicago public schools, and graduated from Lane Technical High School. He attended Wheaton College, where he met his future bride, Carol, who survives him, while working in the college dining hall. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology, and subsequently served in the U.S. Army during World War II, advancing in rank from private to captain from 1941 to 1946.

He and Carol were married in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 13, 1943, and she followed him on his in-country assignments until he was sent overseas. Following his discharge in February 1946, he used the G.I. Bill to further his education. He completed his master’s degree in psychology at the University of Chicago in 1946, and his doctorate in psychology, in human development, in 1954. He joined the Hope College psychology faculty as an assistant professor in 1947 and was promoted to associate professor in 1952, when he became chairperson of the department of psychology. He accepted a position as dean of students and associate professor of pastoral counseling at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in 1954.

While there, he was a frequent speaker at church retreats and family conferences, as well as a teacher at the Young Life Summer Institute near Colorado Springs, Colo., for several summers. He returned to Hope in 1960, becoming the founding director of the Student Counseling Services and professor of psychology. With Carol, he served as a member of the committee which organized Young Life in the Holland area high schools. He served as acting vice president of Hope during the 1965-66 academic year. In the fall of 1966, he accepted the invitation of Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa, to become the college’s president, serving until 1975. At the conclusion of his tenure, Northwestern College presented him with an honorary degree, a Doctor of Humane Letters. He returned to Hope in 1975 as the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of Psychology. He was dean for the social sciences from 1975 to 1978, and director of interdisciplinary studies--with special responsibility for the college’s Senior Seminar program--from 1978 until he retired in 1984. In retirement, he was a devoted gardener, traveler and insatiable reader. He was also a founding member of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), which was established in May 1988. His scholarship included multiple articles and reviews as well as the books “Marriage Is for Adults Only” (Zondervan, 1970); “Counseling,” of which he was a co-author (Baker Book House, 1971); and, with Carol, “Attaining the Fullness of Christ,” 10 studies on the Epistle of James prepared for Reformed Church Women (Reformed Church Press, 1980). He was an active member of the Reformed Church in America, with service on denominational committees and boards including the Commission on Christian Action, the Permanent Committee on Theological Action, the Board of Christian Education, the Board of Theological Education and the Theological Commission. He was president of the Holland Classis in 1979. His involvement in professional associations included the American Psychological Association; the Christian Association for Psychological Studies; and serving as a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation. He was also on the board of directors for the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges from 1968 to 1975, and of Colleges of Mid America, serving the latter organization as president from 1970 to 1972.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Carol Mae (Van Oss) Granberg ’62 of Holland; three daughters and their husbands, Barbara Granberg ’67 Joldersma and Dan Joldersma of Holland, Karin Granberg-Michaelson ’70 and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson ’67 of Kentwood, Mich., and Linda and Wade Popovich of Burke, Va.; six grandchildren, Dirk Joldersma ’95 (spouse Lisa Meengs ’95 Joldersma), Kevin Joldersma ’98 (spouse Kelly Bush ’98 Joldersma), J.K. Granberg-Michaelson ’04, Karis Rose Granberg-Michaelson ’10, Sarah Popovich-Judge ’08 (spouse Matthew Popovich-Judge) and Michael Popovich; seven great-grandchildren, Oscar, Garett, Anneka, Henry, Ella, Celia and Natalie Joldersma; his brother- and sister-in-law, Paul and Barbara Van Oss; and seven nieces and nephews, including Jonathan Van Oss ’85 (spouse Sarah Smith ’85 Van Oss). He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Bergitte (Tonnesen) Larsen Granberg, and his sister and brother-in-law, Johanna and Fred Swanson. Memorial contributions may be given to the Lars Granberg Psychology Student Research Award Fund at Hope College.


David Hager '52 of Warrenville, Ill., died on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. He was 80.

He was the founder and owner of D.J. Hager, In., a consultant in pension and profit-sharing plans.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Heemstra (1895); his mother, Lucille Heemstra ’21 Hager; an uncle, Clarence Heemstra and one grandson, Zachary.

Survivors include his children, P. Elizabeth Hager ’77 (Mario) Testani, Derrick Hager ‘79, Kimberley (Philip) Libers, Daniel (Kimille) Hager and Brooke (Joseph) Filas; a brother, Daniel Hager ‘54; and nine grandchildren.


Ronald H. Hale of Fennville, Mich., died on Friday, December 17, 2010 at Hospice House after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

He was employed at Hope College for 20 years and retired as the Director of Transportation. Ron was a member of Christ Memorial Church and sang in the choir for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; children, Lori and Scott Bouwman of Zeeland, Rhonda Hale ’84 and Dean Marsman ‘83 of Holland, Ronald and Stacy Hale of Walker; eight grandchildren, Michael (Leanne) Bouwman, David Bouwman ‘11, Kara ‘11, Kelly ‘13, Kaitlyn and Kristen Marsman, Ron and Brad Hale; sisters, Lavonne (Earl) Klyn of Wyoming, Mich., and Sharon (Skip) Wilkins of Gilbert, Ariz.


Audrey Christy '49 Heasty of Bloomington, Ind., died on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. She was 84.

She and her husband were medical missionaries in Africa for approximately 15 years where they met their adopted son James Bol Biel. She graduated from Purdue University where she earned her diploma and began her nursing career. Subsequent to her husbands death, she returned to Nairobi, Kenya, where she continued to work at the clinic her husband and she opened at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology until her retirement in 1997.

She is preceded in death by her husband Alfred Heasty ’48; a daughter, Patty Heasty.

She is survived by her six other children, Alfred Heasty, Jr. from Bloomington, Ind., Rita Chee from Portland, Ore., Dennis Heasty from Astor, Fla., Dona Brown of Bloomington, Ind., Paul Heasty of Lafayette, Ind. and her adopted son James Bol Biel from Austin, Texas; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Elinore Rodgers of Wilmington, Va. and Linnie Stasney of Slidell, La. survive Audrey as well as her brother Clair Christy of St. Cloud, Fla


Linda Lange '74 of Huntington, W.V., died on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. She was 60. Survivors include her brother, Mark A. (Karla) Lange ’76.


Joanne Hasper '68 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. She was 64.

She was born April 20, 1946 in Chicago, Ill to Louis H. and Josephine A. Hasper and had resided in Muskegon most of her married life. Joanne’s love and dedication to her husband, kids, and grandkids defined and fulfilled her. She was an active homemaker and a “second Mom” to many of her children’s friends. She enjoyed her PALS quilting group, her Thursday quilting group, sewing, reading, gardening, and cooking. Mostly, she lived for the daily communication and activities with and for her family.

While attending Hope College, Joanne met Chuck Langeland and they were then married on Jan. 17, 1968.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Langland ’67; five children, Carrie (Todd) Carlson of Norton Shores, Christie (Patrick) Kennedy of Rockford, Cindy (Tim) Taylor of Norton Shores, Charles (girlfriend, Kim Weiland) Langeland, Jr. of Norton Shores and Cathy (Don) Lake of Walker, Mich.; 11 grandchildren, Hannah, Emilee and Caroline Carlson, Brendan, Katelyn and Madalyn Kennedy, Nathan , Nicholas and Samantha Taylor, Anika and Graedon Lake; one sister and her husband, Barbara (Mark) Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn., and by their children, Katie and Trent Sanders who affectionately called Joanne, “Aunt Nan”. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.


Blaise Levai of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. He was 91.

He was born April 17, 1919 in Passaic, N.J. Rev. Dr. Blaise Levai is a graduate of Hope College, Holland Michigan with a B.D. from Rutgers Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J., M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ed.D from the University of Michigan.

Later he was honored with a Masters in Theology from Rutgers and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hope College. He served as a missionary pastor and professor in India for over fifteen years. He worked as Managing Editor for the American Bible Society, Director of Literature for the Methodist Board of Missions in New York, and pastor of churches in New Jersey and Florida. His other talents included author of several books and photo-journalism. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather he was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was known for his zest for life, compassion for people and love for God and family.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Korteling ’47 Levai, five children - Lynda, Kathy, Nanci, Bob and Judy; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Robert Looyenga '61 of Rapid City, S.D., died on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. He was 71.

He was born Oct. 21, 1939 in Emmons County, N.D., the son of William and Dorothy (VanBeek) Looyenga. He graduated from high school at Pollock and then attended and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. He received his Masters Degree and his Doctorate Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. Robert married Marilyn Fugazzotto on June 29, 1963.

He taught middle school math in Mandan, N.D., and later at Elliotville, N.Y. He also taught high school chemistry at Sacramento, Calif. The family moved to Rapid City in 1972 and he taught Analytical Chemistry at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for 25 years. He was a Forensic Chemist for the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and the Rapid City Police Dept. He was very active in community affairs. Christian Missions and music were his passions. He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving on numerous committees and singing in the church choir. He was a member of Dakota Choral Union and the Kantari Joyful Noise. He enjoyed his garden and working in his yard.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Fugazzotto ’61 Looyenga, Rapid City; four children, W. Paul Looyenga, Rapid City, Judith Looyenga, Rapid City, Mark Looyenga, Huntsville, Ala., and Suzanne Norton, Rapid City; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Faye Rychman and Donna Heckelsmiller, both of Pollock; and a brother, Lowell Looyenga, Mobridge.

Julius Lubbers '40 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 from injuries suffered in a fall. He was 92.

He was a graduate of Holland High School, Hope College and the University of Michigan Dental School. Dr. Lubbers served in the U.S. Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Center in Lake Bluff, Ill., during World War II and practiced dentistry in Holland until the mid-1980’s. He was an avid golfer and a voracious reader with an insatiable curiosity. Along with his memberships in Hope College’s Century Club and the Holland Country Club, he was an enthusiastic fan of University of Michigan sports, especially football.

Julius married his wife of 52 years, Delphine Bocis, in 1944. She preceded him in death in 1996.

Julius is survived by his children, Pamela Lubbers of Houston, Texas, Peg Sarantos of Portage, Mich., and Jeffrey and Carol Lubbers of Raleigh, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Julius (Mildred) Tripp of Holland and several nieces and nephews.


Rosey Seith '45 Maatman of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. She was 87.

Rosey graduated from Hope College in 1945, where she met her future husband, and later received her Master’s of Psychology degree from Western Michigan University in 1973.

She was a United Airlines stewardess after college, and a gifted teacher at Zeeland and Hamilton High Schools for 22 years. She was a prolific writer, avid water skier and tennis player; prayer group leader and Stephen Minister at Third Reformed Church. Besides her teaching career and contributions at Third Church, the heart of her spiritual involvement was in the Camps Farthest Out (C.F.O.) retreats where she, along with Don, served faithfully for four decades. Rosey was a much-loved youth leader, speaker , administrator and board member there.

She lived her whole life with joy, enthusiasm and a deep trust in God. She was a constant source of caring and encouragement to her family and friends, and a beautiful reflection of Christ’s love to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David (Eugenie) Seith.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Donald Maatman; children, Stephen (Lynn) Maatman ’73 and their children, Jeremy and Carissa; Peggy Maatman (James) Sonke and their children, Jason and Lisa; her sister, Norma Califra of Philadelphia, Pa.; sister-in-law, Irene Rigterink of Holland; and numerous other relative and dear friends.

Hamilton McCallum '51 of Hudsonville, Mich., died on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011

He took great pride in his 32-year career working his way up through GM to become head of industrial engineering at the 36th street plant. He enjoyed retirement, playing golf and wintering in Florida. He was a charter member of Baldwin Street Christian Reformed Church where he served as an Elder and a Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene McCallum; and his daughter and son-in-law, Sally (David) VerKaik.

Survivors include his children, Betsy (Barry) Eisenga, Susan (Gary) Mosher, Cindy (Rick) Mouw and Sarah (Terry) Prindle; his 11 grandchildren, including Adam Eisenga ’02 and Katherine Eisenga ’06; two great-grandchildren; his brother, John (Mary Kuit ’50) McCallum ’50; and his in-laws, Jenny Elenbaas, Doris Wiersma, Lorraine (Gene) Newenhouse, Hazel Wyngarden, Arloa VanKoevering and Dolly Warner.


John Muller '42 of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at Heartwood Lodge.

He was born in the parsonage of the Fourth Reformed Church of Grand Rapids on Dec. 8, 1921, to the Rev. Cornelius and Maude (Case) Muller. John graduated from Allegan High School, ten went on to earn a B.A. from Hope College, a B.D. from Western Theological Seminary, a M.Div. from Winona Lake School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary. On August 15, 1944, he married Hermina “Sunny” Heil.

After almost 60 years of marriage, she passed away suddenly on March 21, 2004. Together, they served the Reformed Churches of Pultneyville and Clymer, N.Y. Then, called to the U.S. Navy chaplaincy for two years, John served with the First Marine Division in the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, their ministry continued at Bethany Church of Redlands, Calif., and Hope Reformed Church of Chicago. In the 1960’s, the Muller’s established new churches in Orlando and Miami, Fla. They moved back to California for seven years, ministering in an inner-city church with outreaches to prisons and missions in Los Angeles. Then they served six years with the Australia Presbyterian Church.

While teaching at the seminary in Melbourne, John pastured churches in Swan Hill, Kerang and Colac, Victoria, Australia. He was an avid writer, publishing five books - the most recent “No Nonsense Ministry.” After returning to the states, he and Sunny served interim pastorates in Rochester and Cortlandtown, N.Y.; Brantford, Ontario, Canada; Grand Rapids and Buchanan, Michigan; and Crescent City, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hermina “Sunny” Heil; granddaughter, Mary Lynne Hall; and great-granddaughter, Lily Correia; his parents Cornelius (Maude) Muller 1907.

Survivors include his two children, Mary Jane Muller ’68 Montgomery of Spring Lake and John Jay Muller of Alamonte Springs, Fla.; grandchildren: John Duitsman and Naomi Chmelik, John Jay Muller, Jr. and Sarajane Huerbsch; and great-grandchildren; Collin Correia, Peyton Brill, Bronwyn Audrey Hall and Clara Huerbsch.


George Nordhouse '41 of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. He was 96.

He was born to Louis Nordhouse and Sarah Manting on Oct. 21, 1914, at the family home on Fourth Street in Grand Haven. He attended Grand Haven High School and was the last surviving member of the 1931 Class A State Championship basketball team. He was inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008.

He attended Hope College and Columbia University. George served in the armed forces as a ground officer with the Army Air Force from 1941-45 based in the London area of the European Theater. He separated from the service as a major. George was married to Becky M. Shane on May 31, 1946, in New York. In 1947, they returned to Grand Haven where he was employed my Manting Equipment Co., a distributor of Bastian-Blessing products. In 1955, they moved to New Orleans where he established Nordhouse Equipment Co., a distributor of restaurant and store fixtures and equipment. In 1975, George retired, and the couple returned to this area and built a house on Spring Lake.

George enjoyed watching all sports, and played golf and tennis. He could always be called upon for a hand of cards-particularly euchre, bridge and gin rummy. He was a member of the Spring Lake Country Club until his later years, as well as being a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Elks Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty Nordhouse in 1996.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Valerie Garrot of Huntington Beach, Calif., and her family; and by the children of his many cousins, including the family of the late Peter Manting.

Mary "Betty" Oonk-Wojahn of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 at Providence Health Care Center in Zeeland.

Betty graduated from Holland High School in 1946 and Hope College in 1990. She was a telephone operator for Michigan Bell for more than 30 years. Betty worked as a receptionist at Big Dutchman and was an art assistant at West Ottawa High School for five years. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and sang in the church choir.

Betty was an award-winning member of the Holland Garden Club for many years. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester P. Oonk, in 1985 and James Wojahn, daughter Jamie Oonk in 1968, and daughter-in-law Yuko Oonk in 2009.

Betty is survived by her children, Michael (Barbara) Oonk ‘70 of Zeeland, Mary Oonk ’73 (Michael) Veele of Holland, Jack Oonk ‘86 of Holland, Kim Wojahn and Dan Ross of Holland, and Carol (Wayne) Roberts of Grand Haven; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister, June McMeeken of Greenville; nephews, nieces and cousins.


Richard Oudersluys of Holland, died on November 20, 2010. He was 103.

He is now with his heavenly savior, to whom he dedicated his life and work. Richard was born Nov.21, 1906 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was a graduate of Union High School, Calvin College and Western Theological Seminary. His doctoral studies were completed at the University of Chicago. He also studied at the University of Basel, Switzerland and Cambridge University, England. He served as pastor of First Reformed Church of Milwaukee, WI. from 1932 to 1941. He was the Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Theological Seminary from 1942 to 1978. He was well respected for his scholarship and teaching skill.

After retirement he continued to teach at both Western Theological Seminary and Hope College, until the age of 82, giving his last lecture at age 90. His extensive writings included a series of catechism books and 26 years of weekly columns for The Sunday School Guide & Christian Endeavor Weekly, scholarly articles and book reviews for the Reformed Review, and other theological publications. His service to the RCA included service on the Theological Commission, the Commission on Liturgy, the Board of Domestic Missions, the RCA Historical Commission and the Committee for Ordination of Women. He was honored by HASP with their Distinguished Service Award, in 1977. He received the Western Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988. Both a seminary Chair and scholarship bear his name. He was a former member of HASP, Social Progress Club, Century Club and Exchange Club.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, Marian DeYoung Oudersluys in 1973.

Survivors include his sons Richard (Carol) Oudersluys ‘61 of Naples, Fla., Mark (Donna Droppers ’67) Oudersluys ‘67 of Kalamazoo, Mich., and his daughter Judith Brink of Holland, Mich. He leaves eight grandchildren, including JohnMark Oudersluys ’97; 15 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.


John Pink '71 of Royal Oak, Mich., died on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. He was 54.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Pink; his son, Byron Pink; mother, Ruth; and siblings, Thomas C. Pink and Sally Parks.


Gerard "Nick" Pool of Lincoln Park, N.J., passed away on November 23, 2010. He was 76.

A graduate of Hope College, worked for Gordon Laughead Piano Co. in Grand Haven for a few years before going to Germany, where he earned a Klavierbaumeister (master piano builder) certificate in 1961. He returned to the United States and worked as a prolific musician and freelance keyboard technician throughout the region until his retirement in 2007. A dedicated steward of the arts in West Michigan, Nick supported numerous organizations including the West Shore Graphic Arts Society and was actively involved with the Community Concert Board and the Muskegon Museum of Art, among many others.

Nick's interests also included collecting antiques, from toys and toasters to a number of Edison phonographs and disc music boxes. Nick also was an active member of the Chicago Oriental Rug and Textile Society, a group that treasured his encyclopedic knowledge of oriental rugs. He also belonged to the Piano Technicians Guild, which he served in various capacities through the years. Nick could play practically any tune by ear and though he may have forgotten the name of a former customer, he never forgot the make and model of their piano and what its malady had been. He was very interested in politics and never shied away from expressing his opinion on current events.

He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. Gerard C. Pool ’26 and Elsa Lillian Schmid ’27 Pool and a daughter, Katrina Pool.

Survivors include his former wife, Ellen, and children, Andrew (Kathleen), Sarah, and Ann Olson (Tom) as well as four grandchildren and brother, Tom (Nadine) Pool ’64 of Evanston, Ill.


Robert Pins '54 of Canon City, Colo., died on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. He was 78.

Robert was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1932, to Jacob and (Marie Vandenbrink ‘18) Prins ’24. He was united in marriage to Ruth Ellen John on Oct. 10, 1950, in Holland, Mich. A business and economics major, Dr. Prins, was President Emeritus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, for 13 years.

Dr. Prins spent his entire career working with business and service institutions. His background in business, fundraising and finance, along with his commitment to service, let him to be one of the outstanding leaders in the small college field. He was particularly interested in helping international students and American students get together to work toward mutual understanding and growth in the world. The last 30 years of his career were spent as a higher education administrator; however, his interest in finance, public relations and fund raising urged him to dedicate his time and talents to that area.

For the first twelve years after graduation he worked in the Bell System in Michigan and Washington, D.C. Dr. Prins was a leader of many of the international groups in his field. He was a charter member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Hospital Development, as well as maintaining a membership in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 1983 he led a discussion on the “Future of Fund Raising” at the national conference for the Council. Dr. Prins was listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Business. He was also active in his community Chamber of Commerce, United Way boards, Junior Achievement boards and in leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America. As a college administrator, Dr. Prins served as Director of Development, Vice President for Development and Planning, Executive Vice President for Administration, Assistant to the President and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the five colleges he served. At the time of his retirement he was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Manufacturers Association, immediate Past President of the Board of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, member of the Board of the Iowa College Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

Other activities and memberships included:

• Visiting Lecturer (12 years) Potomac International Corporation (Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong).
• Visiting Lecturer, Aspen Fundraising Institute, Aspen, Colorado.
• Member of the Board of Trustees, American League of Colleges and Universities.
• Past President, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
• Board member, Iowa College Foundation.
• Board member, Junior Achievement of Southeast Iowa.
• Past President, Hope College Alumni Association.
• Past Chairman of the Board, Saint Thomas More Hospital, Cañon City.
• Twenty-five Year Plaque, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
• Winner Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity Award 1972. • Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Volunteerism — Iowa.
• Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board, East-West Foundation, Scholarships for International Students (Japan).
• Board member, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (appointed by Governor Branstad) and Chairman of the Grants Review Committee and Program Committee for five years. After his retirement in 1999, he and Ruth moved to Cañon City. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and (Marie Vandenbrink ‘18) Prins ’24.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth; children, Linda Weber of Longmont, Douglas (Teri) Prins of Arvada, Debra (Dean) Heaivilin of Kansas City, Mo., Nancy (Paul) Andrews of Cañon City, Eric Prins of Forest City, Iowa, and Sarah (Jim) Schmid of St. Charles, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Doris Prins ’50 (Paul) Alderink ’50 of Holland, Mich.


  Barbar Upward '82 Pyett of Beverly Hills, Mich., died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 after a courageous 6 year battle with BAC lung cancer, always enjoying life with her positive attitude, bright smile and steadfast faith. She was 50.

She was a graduate of Groves High School and Hope College, CPA, homemaker, community volunteer, gifted home decorator and gardener.

Beloved mother of Christopher “Beaudy” and Margaret “Maggie”, daughter of Don and Audrey Upward; sister of Jane Darling (Count) and Geoff Upward; aunt of Ben (Jennifer, Andrew, Gavin and Ryan Upward; niece of the late Alice Upward and treasured friend of many including, dog Weezie and cat Tom, who will all miss her greatly.


  Ivan Roggen '36 died suddenly in the Cardiac Unit at St. Mary’s hospital on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. He was 96.

Dr. Roggen was born in Conrad, Mont., on Oct. 12, 1914, son of the Reverend John and Jacquelina (DeHaan) Roggen and raised in South Dakota and Hamilton, Mich. He was educated in Michigan, graduating from Hope College in Holland, and the Medical School at the University of Michigan, receiving his medical degree in 1940. Following an internship at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines Iowa, Dr. Roggen was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling, Minn.

He volunteered for parachute duty and trained at the parachute school at Fort Benning, Ga. and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the regimental surgeon of the 504th parachute infantry regiment. Dr. Roggen went overseas with the 82nd in 1943 and served with decorated distinction in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Holland and Germany. His awards included the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

After the war, he returned to the University of Michigan and completed a three-year residency and fellowship program in pediatrics at the University Hospital. Dr. Roggen then established and maintained a practice in General Pediatrics in Saginaw, Mich. until his retirement in 1985. While practicing, Dr. Roggen was active in various medical and service organizations. Ivan will be remembered as a truly gentle man with a dry sense of humor and an unfailing optimistic view of life. As a pediatrician who practiced in Saginaw for over 35 years he touched countless lives; our family is so grateful to his former patients who would stop by to say hello with fond remembrances. Ivan’s favorite pastimes included annual fishing trips on the St. Mary’s river in the Upper Peninsula, working outdoors and tending to his large lawn and vegetable garden, endless crossword puzzles, and following Michigan Wolverine football. We are blessed that Ivan was able to live a life of physical vigor and mental acuity up until his death; he was in excellent spirits and was with his family at the end.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John (Jacquelina) Roggen 1907; sisters, Ella Roggen ’33 Tellman and Margaret Roggen ’39 DePree; and his brother, Leon Roggen ’44.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jane Roggen; three sons and two daughters: Altan C. (Kathy) Stalker of Allen Texas, Betty Ann Stalker of Freeland, Mich., Lynn (Lloyd) Pender of Saginaw, Michael J. (Kathie) Stalker of Annapolis Md., and John I. Roggen of Freeland, Mich; his sister, Marion Roggen ’40 McGilvra of Pella Iowa; eight grandchildren: Linda (Carl) Pearson, Jane Parr, James (Lorie ) Pender, and nine great-grandchildren: Cailee (Zach) Casey, Laura Pearson, Matthew Fox, Dustin Parr, Altan T. Stalker, Rebecca Stalker, Shannon Burchett, Maxwell Burchett and Cooper Pender.

  Nancy Vanderkolk '62 Saccani of Tucson, Ariz., died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at Peppi’s House in Tucson, Ariz. She was 71.

Mother, educator, guidance counselor, devoted wife and loyal friend. Nancy Saccani touched the hearts of those who came to know and love her during her 71 years of life.

She was born on January 6, 1940 in New Jersey to Eunice and Justin Vanderkolk, she attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she majored in English. Upon graduation, she taught middle school English, first in New Jersey and later in Colorado, where she met her husband of 34 years, Ronald Saccani.

Marrying in 1968, Ron and Nancy moved to Arizona where their sons, Zel and Damien were born. In 1984, Nancy received a Master's in Education and Counseling from the University of Arizona. A year later, the family moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, and in 1995, Nancy and Ron Saccani moved to Vero Beach, Florida. In 2005, Nancy moved back to Tucson, Arizona, where she was reunited with dear old friends and warmly embraced by new ones and met her devoted and beloved canine companion, Trudy.

She resided in Tucson until her death. Nancy always loved music and the arts, and was active in numerous cultural organizations, serving as President of the Tucson Museum of Art and of Opera North. She was a Guardian Ad Litem in Florida and volunteered at the Pierre Monteaux Conservatoire in Maine. She loved spending time in Chautauqua, attending lectures, concerts and admiring a community focused on the arts. She was a warm and gracious host to her many friends, a fabulous cook, an avid tennis player and always up for a competitive game of Scrabble or Rummikub. She enjoyed traveling and spending summers at her cabin in Maine, where she took great joy in receiving frequent friends and family. Nancy deeply valued her relationships with her friends and neighbors, and received an incredible outpouring of support when first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2010. She handled both illnesses with grace, strength, and humor. She taught her family what it means to be brave and humble in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Just eight days before passing, she enthusiastically hosted her 71st birthday celebration with nearly 30 friends and family members. She never let her illness sap her strength or love and devotion to those she cared about. Nancy truly encompassed a life worth living and she will remain in the hearts of all of those who loved her dearly.


  Lila Wiersma '37 Salisbury of St. Joseph, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. She was 95.

Lila was born August 15, 1915, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Sebie D. and Grace B. (Fletcher) Wiersma. She married Charles Gibson Salisbury Jr. on Sept. 12, 1941, in Gagetown, Mich.

She earned her B.A. degree from Hope College and her Master of Science degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. She taught elementary school for 31 years in Garden City, Mich., retiring in 1974. In 1976, they moved from Dearborn, Mich., to this area. In addition to raising their son and being a teacher, Lila had been a member of the American Association of University Women, Krasl Art Center and Berrien County Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999 and by her brothers, Kenneth, Leonard and George Wiersma.

Survivors include a son, C. “Gib” (Karyl) Salisbury III of St. Joseph, and a grandson, Charles (Jennifer ) Salisbury IV of Kentwood, Mich.

Alma Mae Scarlett Alma Mae Scarlett age 92, of Holland, died Friday, December 10, 2010 at Appledorn Living Center.

Alma was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Society. She worked for Hope College as Manager of International Education Office for over 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1982 and a son, Howard, in 2006.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan and John Middleton of Holland; brothers, Roland and Nancy Bartels of Holland, Jay and Dottie Bartels of Wyoming, MI.; several nieces and nephews.

Ruth Stryker '41 Smith of Angola, Ind., died on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. She was 90.

She taught English in the public schools in Grand Rapids and South Lyons, Mich., and at Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. Mrs. Smith served as a librarian at Tri-State University in her later years. Mrs. Smith was a volunteer tax preparer for the IRS. She graduated from Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola.

She was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to John O. and Ella (Dykhuis) Stryker. She married James Quentin Smith Feb. 23, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on May 19, 2000 and three brothers and three sisters, including John Stryker ’32, Cornelia Stryker ’34 Brouwer, Margaret Stryker ’35 Dolfin, Eleanor Stryker ’38 Swart and Clarence Stryker ‘45. Surviving are two sons, Q. Douglas and Sherry Smith of Fort Wayne and Jeffery A. Smith of Angola.

Homer Smith '37 of Ft. Myers, Fla. and and Sturbridge, Mass., died on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. He was 96.

A gracious, gentleman and gentle man, "Duke" was born in Rochester, NY. He established a scholarship fund with Hope, Homer “Duke” ’37 and Louise Smith Scholarship fund. This scholarship is established through the generosity of Homer “Duke” Smith ’37 to provide scholarship support for students with demonstrated financial need with preference given to those from the eastern region of the United States.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Inez, and second wife, Louise; brother, Robert and sister, Alice.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Virginia (Daniel) Roscioli of Mass.; step-son, Peter (Melanie) Rice of Fla.; niece, Carol Saum of N.Y.; nephews, Eric Smith of Mass., Alan Hanford and Jim Hanford of N.Y. and Bryan Smith of Pa.; step-granddaughter, Kacey (Robert) Lorenson of Mass.; step grandson, Peter (Brenda) Rice, Jr. of Calif.

  Julia Bernius '52 Spitzler of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. He was 79.

A native of New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Marie Tonner Bernius. Julia graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and was an English teacher. She was later employed for 15 years a typographer for The Phipps Press in Freeport, N.Y. Julia was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, and a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Matthew D. Bernius, who died in 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda J. (Jimmy) Sadler of Bradyville; two sons, Kenneth P. (Paula) Spitzler and Michael A. (Patricia) Spitzler and grand-daughter, Maggie Spitzler, all of Murfreesboro; a sister-in-law, Jessica Bernius of Amityville, N.Y.; three nephews, Matthew, Paul and Glenn Bernius; and former husband, Henry Spitzler of Lascassas, Tenn.

Julia was well traveled both in the U.S. and overseas. She exhibited her talent in theater productions and with her churches in Fla. and N.Y., and enjoyed bird watching and gardening.


  Margaret Friesema '44 Staver of Jackson, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. She was born on June 2, 1922 in Detroit. She was preceded in death her parents, Peter and Margaret Friesema; and her son-in-law, William Kuhl Survivors include her daughter, Mary Kuhl of Jackson; and three grandchildren, Michael, Molly and Peter Kuhl; and several cousins; her son-in-laws family; and numerous friends.


Jane Spencer '73 Stegenga of Forest Acres, S.C., died on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2010. she was 59.

“Janie”, as she was affectionately called by her family, was an active member of Rose Hill Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed priceless friendships, Bible study and singing in the choir. Those that knew her well would never separate her memory from the love for her sons and a strong affection for her three cats.

Jane was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Mich. In addition, the death of her baby daughter in 1977 motivated her to obtain a degree from Midlands Technical College in respiratory therapy which became a career to which she was completely devoted. Her employment in the neo-natal intensive care unit at what was then Richland Memorial Hospital became a passion as well as a job.

On Dec. 1, 1998 while Jane was at work, she was struck without warning by a stroke which left her with severe short-term memory loss. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability. Although Jane’s disability did not manifest itself physically, she did become one of those statistics.

With the loss of short-term memory came the destruction of her sense of the passing of time, confusion concerning direction, the whereabouts of grocery stores, her check book and things like her favorite blue jeans. She was unable to watch a movie because she would loose the memory of the beginning before the end of the story was reached. It also ended her career in respiratory therapy. As with many stroke victims it became a constant challenge of her every day life to compensate for the lack of memory concerning even the most trivial things. However, she applied an amazing inner resource of strength and fortitude to her daily living from which her co-workers, medical care providers, friends, and family gained immeasurable respect and affection.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Rochelle Stegenga.

Survivors include her parents, Robert (Frances Riggs ’56) Spencer ’53; and sons, Robert Stegenga and Chad Stegenga; her grandchildren, Summer, Victoria, Jennifer, Jessica, Shannon, Jonathan and Nicholas; her four sisters, Nancy Waldron, Susan Spencer-Idema, Sally VandeBerg and Linda Grayton.


  Allyn Stillman '50 of Lebanon, Ohio, died on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. He was 83.

Born September 26, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Allyn was the son of Allyn W. and Rena (Young) Stillman. Allyn was a Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean war. Allyn attended Brooklyn College and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and was a retiree with more than 35 years of service of the General Electric Company where he was employed as a Chemical Engineer and held many patent awards for chemical processes. Allyn was a charter member of the Forest Chapel United Methodist Church in Forest Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Stillman.

Survivors included his loving wife of 59 years, Marguerite (Shaw) Stillman of Lebanon; sons, Mark of Mason and Neil (Rita) of Houston, Texas; daughter, Gloria (Ken) Blankenship of Alpharetta, Ga.; grandchildren, Gregory, Ryan and Matthew Stillman; and special nephew and niece, Paul and Tricia and many other family members and friends.


  Glenn Stokdyk '46 of Fort Worth, TX passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010. He was 86.

Glenn was born July 11, 1924 in Cedar Grove, WI to parents Adolph Stokdyk and Lena Theune Stokdyk. He married Marilyn Louise Dillon at Wauwatosa Methodist Church, Wauwatosa, WI in 1955. Glenn was a graduate of Cedar Grove (WI) High School and attended Hope College in Holland MI.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1951, he earned a Doctorate of Medicine as a graduate of Marquette University School of Medicine (now Medical College of WI). Glenn served his internship at St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee WI (1951-52) and his Radiological residency at Milwaukee Hospital (1955-58). In 1964, Glenn joined Bond Radiological Group in Fort Worth, TX (now Radiology Associates of Tarrant County) where he practiced until retirement. Glenn's hobbies included a lifelong love of boating.

A longtime member of the Fort Worth Boat Club, he also served for 20 years in the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, a uniformed service supporting the Coast Guard, in positions that included Flotilla Commander and Division Staff Officer. Glenn also volunteered time as a deputy with El Paso County Sherriff's Reserve, troop leader for Boy Scouts of America, and board member for Saginaw – Eagle Mountain Independent School District.

Glenn is preceded in death by wife, Marilyn Dillon Stokdyk of Fort Worth, Texas.

Glenn is survived by children, Dale and wife, Karen Stokdyk of South Burlington, Vt., Lisa Stokdyk of Southlake, Linda Stokdyk of Dallas, and Mike and wife, Julie Stokdyk of Kingwood, all of Texas; granddaughter, Kasey Stokdyk of Kingwood; sister, Shirley Stokdyk Sager of Oostburg, Wisc.


  Ruth Vander May '42 Van Tatenhove of Holland, Mich., formerly of North Caldwell, N.J., died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Inn at Freedom Village. She was 89.

Ruth was born in Little Falls, N.J., on Nov. 18, 1921, the first of four daughters for Samuel and Janna Vander May. She attended Hope College and graduated in 1942. After graduation she married Russell Van Tatenhove of Holland.

Ruth was a member of Christ Memorial Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russ Van Tatenhove ’37; and her sister Doris Kent of Little Falls, N.J.

Survivors include her two sons, Craig Van Tatenhove of North Caldwell, H.J., and Eric Van Tatenhove of Anaconda, Mont; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Green and Joanne Linck, both from Green Pond, N.J.,


  Betty Vicha '61 Van Wyk of Oak Park, Ill., died on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 while battling pancreatic cancer. She was 71.

A graduate of Hope College, Betty taught high school in Normal, Ill., before returning to Chicago where she was born in 1939. She moved to Oak Park where she was a reporter for Pioneer Press, with the Oak Leaves. She was elected to the Oak Park Township board as a Trusteee, 1981-1985, and as Township Clerk, 1985-1997, and served as Communications Director for Oak Park and River Forest High School.

In 1999, she began her career as a certified financial planner until her retirement in 2005. Her devotion to friends and famiy, her passion for women’s issues, and a sense of adventure marked Betty’s life. Her baklava, learned from a Greek chef on a trip abroad, was legendary. Her sense of humor and fun, and her generous spirit endeared her to everyone who knew her. Her friends recall her no-nonsense approach to tasks; she could always be counted on. Betty worked tirelessly for the Oak Park Chapter of Zonta International and served on its local and national boards. She was a supporter of the Oak Park Conservatory and as an apartment building owner, supported the Oak Park Housing Center. She was a member of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lou and Val Vicha, and her niece, Kathi Ogle.

Survivors include her son, Mark (Linda and granddaughter, Lily Lin) and her daughter, Laura (Bob); her sister and traveling companion, Diane Vicha ‘56 Ogle; her nephews, Kevin (Lori) and Rob Ogle; her Aunt Grace Vicha; her cousins, Eric and Jean Topinka, Vicki Erickson (Tony), Don (Jesse) Vicha, Roger and Wayne Vicha; and neighbors and friends in every corner of the world.


  Gertrude "Trudy" VanZee of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. She was 98.

Trudy was born on October 19, 1912 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Gerritt and Kate (Bouwens) Van Zee. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High and Hope College. She obtained two library degrees from the University of Michigan.

She taught school in Michigan and California and was assistant librarian at Kalamazoo College from 1942-1952 and senior catalog librarian at Western Michigan University from 1952-1978 where she retired with the title of Associate Professor Emeritus of University Libraries. She was a lifelong member of the First Reformed Church where she served as an elder.

She was also a member of: the Second Reformed Church; American Library Association; Michigan Library Association and the Kalamazoo Branch of American University Women. She was a volunteer for the Chapel Guild of Bronson Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library and served as a tutor and tutor-student coordinator for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council.

Survivors include many cousins.


  Robert Visser '54 of Sun City West, Arizona, died on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at Hospice of Arizona after injuries from a recent car accident. He was 78.

At Hope, Bob starred on the golf and basketball teams from 1950-1954. After teaching and coaching for 36 years in the Michigan public schools, he retired to Sun city West where he was an active volunteer in his church, in Arizona schools and with Meals on Wheels. Bob also achieved three holes-in-one and was a Silver Life Master in duplicate bridge. He was an indefatigable sports fan and game player.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur J. Visser 1911; and his brother, John E. Visser ’43.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Zwemer ’54 Visser; his children, Jane Visser ’ 79 (David ’78) Vander Velde of Pasadena, Calif.; Margaret Visser ’83 (Brian ’82) Rideout of Fishers, Ind.; David Visser of Canton, Mich.; and eight grandchildren, including Paul VanderVelde ’09 and Valerie Rideout ’09.


  Frieda Grote '45 Wezeman of Coupeville, Wash., died on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. She ws 87.

She grew up on a farm in Michigan and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. After graduating she married Rev. Leonard Wezemand and they began ministering to churches in Michigan and California. She moved to Whidbey Island with her husband and family to serve as a pastors wife at First Reformed Church. she was an accomplished musician and palyed paino and organ for 60 years. She taught special education and second grade in Oak Harbor schools, retiring in 1987.

Frieda was an avid reader all her life andn traveled to 75 different countries. She loved gardening and did her own yard work well into her 70’s. She loved ballroom dancing and giving piano concerts at schools and churches.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Wezeman in 1967 and her grandson, Wyatt, in 1966.

She is survived by her children, Paul (Lean), Peter, Tim ( Nancy), and Lois (Bill); grandchildren, Peter, Aaron, Josh, Scott, Luke (Cara), Jamie, Wendy (Josh) and Brian; and her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Emma and Judah.

  Rene' Willis Jr. '41 of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at Hospice House of Holland.

Rene was born in Petoskey to Rose and Rene Willis Sr. He lived in Lowell, Elmdale, Alma, Monroe and finally Holland where he attended and graduated from hope College with a degree in chemistry. While at Hope he met and eventually married Anita Vogt on August 2, 1941.

Rene supported the war effort by taking a job at U.S. Rubber as a research chemist in Detroit before returning to Holland. From 1945 until his retirement in 1984, he worked in varying positions for Holland Color which changed ownership to Chematron and eventually BASF. Rene was instrumental in developing paints for the auto industry before moving into sales and then overseeing OSHA safety regulations for the Holland location.

Rene was a member of the Kiwanis and helped establish the West Michigan Chapter of the American Chemical Association. He loved tennis, golf and bowling.

Rene was preceded in death by his brothers, Martin, John, Tom; and nephew, Bill Willis.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Anita Vogt ’41 Willis; his daughter, Pamela (Annie) Olson; son-in-law, Phil Olson; grandchildren, Benjamin (Leslie) Thomas, Tracy (Taylor) Aalvik, Kathryn (Kirk) Koeman; great-grandchildren, Scott and Randall Thomas, Steven and Allyson Hughes, Andrew and Matthew Koeman, Kayla Aalvik; niece, Faye Corbitt; nephew, John Willis; great-nephew, John Corbitt; and great-niece Cathy Corbitt.