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August 2011 Obituaries

Justin Bailey '10 (06/23/11)

Virginia Benes (07/02/11) 

Lenore Vandermade '40 Bethka (06/10/11)

Arnold Boeve '59 (06/23/11)

Marilyn Ray '72 Brown (05/17/11)

Robert Cecil (06/14/11)

Gale Damhof '61 (05/02/11)

Mary DeYoung '75 (07/25/11)

Deborah Denton '71 Dykstra '71 (06/08/11)

William Fabiano (07/25/11)

Claudia Hayes-Hager '74 (8/7/11)

Tilda "JoAnn" Kaper'57 Hickman (06/14/11)

Donald Housenga (06/01/11)

Alfred Joldersma '40(06/27/11)

Walter Mayer '53 (07/08/11) 

Richard Alan Medema '78 (06/03/11)

Andrew Menasian '50 (04/23/11)

Andrew Nyboer '39 (05/14/11)

William Pelon '43(06/25/11)

Burrell Pennings '50 (06/23/11)

Barbara Prins (05/31/11)

John Robins '49 (9/21/10)

Frank Shary '60 (05/16/11)

Robert Vandenberg '39 (06/04/11)

Dick Vriesman '47 (05/22/11)

Suzellen Roest '51 Webb(06/21/11)

Dean Wierenga '88 (07/07/11)

Ann Church '57 Wiersema (05/28/11)

Marian Bocks '38 Woodby (06/25/11)


Justin Bailey ’10 of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Portage, died on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He was 23.

He was born November 2, 1087, in Kalamazoo, Mich. a son of Norman “Chip” and Sandra (Wisser) Bailey. He lived in Grand Rapids and was a 2006 graduate of Portage Northern High School and a 2010 graduate of Hope College. Within a week after graduation, Justin was hired as a salesperson for a large marketing agency and was awaiting promotion to management.

Justin was a gifted soccer player and he was admired by his coaches and teammates for his outstanding soccer skills and fierce competitiveness. They also remember and respect his quiet, unassuming nature. Justin will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Justin was preceded in death by: his maternal grandmother, Marjorie Wisser; an aunt, Marjorie Morren; and an uncle, John Wisser.

Surviving include his parents, Chip and Sandra Bailey; brother, Brian Bailey ’12; special cousin, Dustin Morren; paternal grandfather, Norman (Donna) Bailey; paternal grandmother, Ola Bailey; maternal grandfather, Duncan Wisser; aunts and uncles, Karen (Doug) Pollich, Lynne (Mark) Horning, Jim (Marva) Wisser, Don (Kathleen) Wisser, Rose (Charles) Hampton, Cathy (Marvin) DeVisser, Patty (Jim) Joslin, Tom (Fran) Wisser, Cyndi (Rick) Hermida, Duncan Wisser, Jr., Steve (Julie) Wisser, Daniel Wisser and Walter (Kelly) Wisser; many cousins and very many friends.


Virginia Benes of Carlisle of Naples, Fla., died on July 2, 2011. She was 92.

Born Virginia Elaine Hall, daughter of P. Seddon and Carrie Hall, in Frankfort, N.Y. on February 6, 1919, she graduated from Frankfort High School, attended Keuka College and graduated fro the Utica School of Commerce in Utica, N.Y.

Virginia’s first husband Albert Burrill, father of their two children, Sharon Hoffman and L. Al Burrill passed away suddenly in 1963. A year later she joined the staff of Hope College in Holland, Mich., working as an assistant to the Dean of Women. Five years later, Virginia married Arthur G. Wells and relocated to downers Grove, Ill., where she continued her volunteer ministry for several years. Virginia and Art Wells retired to Sarasota, Fla., in the late 1970’s where she volunteered in various programs at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.

Mr. Wells passed away in 1982. In 1988, a lifelong spiritual friend from Mohawk, N.Y. re-entered Virginia’s life and she married. The reverend James W. Benes. They resided in Glendale, Ariz., and continued their ministry through bible study and participation in church act ivies until Rev. Benes death in 2007. Virginia moved to the Carlisle of Naples, Fla., in 2008 in order to be closer to her daughter.

Virginia led a very spiritual life with many hours spend volunteering in various ministries wherever she lived. While a resident of Mohawk, N.Y. Virginia worked with youth in the Mohawk Reformed church and she was a member and officer in the Order of the Eastern Star in addition to being active in Girl Scouting. When Virginia moved to Holland, Mich., she provided spiritual guidance to college students at Hope College, a church affiliated school. Living in Downers Grove, Ill., Virginia was active in the 1st Presbyterian Church of Downers Grove. After moving to Sarasota, Fla., she continued her service to God and served as President of the Women’s Association and as a Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.

In 1988, Virginia relocated to Glendale Ariz. and devote time to the Pastor visitation program through the Community Reformed Church of Glendale. Moving to Naples, Fl. in 2008 she continued to spread her gift of spirituality to friends and family through prayer, Bible Study and the distribution of devotional readings Virginia became a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Naples and also regularly attended Sunday services at the Carlisle.

All three marriages were very happy and created an extended family in addition to her own two children; her daughter Sharon Burrill ’64 (Harvey ’64) Hoffman of Naples, Fla., Lynn Albert Burrill ’68 (Jo Anne) of Ravena N.Y. and Coronado Bay, Panama and her extended family included Joan Wells ’47 Moored (James ’67) of Holland, MI, Jane Wells ’67 Albrecht (John ’66) of Byron Center, Mich. The Reverend Carl Benes ’62 (Sandra) of Jackson, Mich. and James Benes (Kathy deceased) of Glendale, Ariz. Virginia was blessed with 11 grandchildren, including David Hoffman ’93; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Lenore VanderMade ’40 Bethka of Clinton Park, N.Y., died on June 10, 2011. She was 93.

Born in New Jersey on April 21, 1918 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lenore Stanton VanderMade. She was raised in New Jersey and later attended Hope College in Holland Michigan where she graduated and received her bachelor ’s degree. While attending college she met her husband, Paul Bethka.

Lenore and Paul married on June 24, 1941. They moved to and from the Schenectady area until later settling in Scotia in 1946. She worked for the Scotia-Glenville School District, where she also retired. Lenore was a communicant of the First Reformed Church of Scotia, a member of the Interclub Bridge Club, Mohawk Golf Club, Eucalyptus Garden club, Sunnyview Auxiliary, the Women ’s Guild for Christian Service and the Scotia Village Book Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bethka ’41; brothers, Joseph and Alan John VanderMade; and a great-grandson, Ryan Wersten.

Survivors include her two daughters, Lynn (Robert) Samuel and Lenore (Thomas) Wersten; two grandchildren, Karen (Scott) Petri and Paul (Barbara) Wersten; and three great-grandchildren, McKenna and Samantha Petri, and Alexander Wersten.

Arnold Boeve ’59 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He was 79.

Arnold was born in Holland, Mich., on October 29, 1931, to Lester and Alyda Boeve. From 1951 to 1954, during the Korean Conflict, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Irwin.

Returning to Holland, he graduated from Hope College in 1958. It was at this time he met and married Barbara Gesink. Arnold continued his education at Loyola University, where he received his doctorate in dental surgery in 1962. After practicing dentistry, in Barbara’s hometown of Sheldon, Iowa, for 34 years, he retired in 1996 and moved back to Holland.

Throughout his life, Arnold served as an elder in his church and on the Boards of Directors of Dordt College, the Sheldon Public Library and the Sheldon Christian Retirement Home. In his retirement, Arnold was an active volunteer for Bibles for Mexico, Habitat for Humanity and CRWRC-DRS. He was a member of Niekerk Christian Reformed Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara Boeve; children, Bonnie (Ken) Cavin of Snohomish, Wash., Philip (Marie) Boeve of Holland, and Connie (John) Korver of Moville, Iowa; eight grandchildren; sisters, Annabel (Jack) Kluitenberg of Holland, Mich., Bonnie Sandford of California; brothers, Don (Millie) Boeve, Irwin (Sharon) Boeve ’62, Jim (Von) Boeve and Terry (Rose) Boeve, all of Holland, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Adrian (Lois) Tinklenberg of Zeeland, Connie (Paul) Sterenberg of Holland; and brother-in-law, Junior(Elinor) Gesink of Sheldon, Iowa.

Marilyn Ray '72 Brown of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. She was 61.

Marilyn was employed by Herrick District Library for over 33 years. She started in September 1977. She was responsible for planning and overseeing al children and teen programs at Herrick, including story hours, summer reading programs, puppeteens and book talks. Marilyn was also responsible for the selection of all children ’s materials for the library, the budgeting or the department, and the scheduling and supervision of all Children’s/Teen staff.

Marilyn brought in some wonderful talented, nationally recognized story tellers for the community to enjoy. Marilyn served on the Management Team for Herrick. She also served on the Board of the Michigan Library Association and was active on the Youth Services Committee for the Lakeland Library Cooperative. She became Acting Children’s Librarian in November, 1980 and Children’s Librarian (department Head) on January 3, 1982. Marilyn was a long-time member of AAUW (America Association of University Women). She was involved with publicity and the annual book sale.

Marilyn loved to read, garden, and go antiquing with friends.Marilyn joined Third Reformed Church in October 1972 and was a very faithful member. She was a member of the Matins and Sanctuary choirs, and served on various committees within the church. She also served on the Consistory, as both Elder and Deacon.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Lusk of North Little Rock, Ark., nephew, Robbie and Liz Lusk of Bentonville, Ark; niece Christie and Todd Jackson of North Little Rock, Ark; two grand-nephews, Tyler and Caleb Jackson.

Robert Cecil of State College, Pa., died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. He was 87.

He was born in Spartanburg, S.C. on March 11, 1924, the seventh child of Levi Miller Cecil and Inez Felder Cecil. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943-46.

He held degrees from Juilliard School, Yale University School of Music for four years. He performed in New York City for several years before accepting a teaching position in 1962 at Hope College in Holland.

While at Hope College, Bob taught theory and conducted the Concert and Football Bands, founded the Jazz Band and served one year as acting chairman of the Music Department.. He was also instrumental in teaching and making the inter-disciplinary course “Encounter with the Arts” a permanent part of the curriculum at Hope College.

When he retired as Professor of Music in 1985, he and Dorothy moved to Lexington, Va., where he enjoyed working to establish the Rockbridge County Habitat for Humanity chapter and was active in building the first house for a Lexington family. He enjoyed hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, biking the county roads and doing cabinet work in his woodshop.

They moved to Foxdale Village in State College in 1991, where Bob was a member of the Foxdale Woodshop and continued his biking, cabinet-making and doing repairs for community members.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Cecil; his daughters, Margaret (Russell) Fincher of Holland, Anne Cecil Slusher of Sebastopol, Calif. and Jane Cecil (Benito Kalawao) of Chicago; four granddaughters; three grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and one great-grandson; his brother, Dr. Henry S. Cecil, Lafayette Hill, Pa; and a sister, Jean Cecil McAdams of Morganton, N.C.

Gale Damhof '61 of McBain, Mich., died on Monday, May 2, 2011. He was 71.

He was born on October 8, 1939 in Roseland, Minn., to Herman and Henrietta (Hoekstra) Damhof. He married Jeanne Geers on February 2, 1063 at the McBain United Presbyterian Church.

Gale received a BS degree from Hope College, his Master’s degree in math from Western and a specialist degree from Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant. He had taught at McBain High School for 35 years, he had been a math and science teacher, high school principal, athletic director, j.v. Basketball coach, cross country coach, student council advisor, and year book advisor. he had served a McBain City Treasurer for 30 years, was on the Missaukee Golf Board, president of the Lion’s Club, Boy Scout Leader, little league coach, member of the M.E.A. and the McBain United Presbyterian Church.

While a member of the church he served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, sang in the men’s choir, served as elder numerous terms, and had served as church clerk and treasurer. He also was a member of the Michigan Athletic Association. One of his favorite sports was playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ben and Alice Geers.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Damhof of McBain; son, Jon Damhof of Cadillac; daughter, Mary Alice (Bryan) Marschner of Mooreseville, N.C.; grandchildren, Erika (Kelly) Stillson and Ben Damhof; sisters, Fern (Richard) Marcus of San Joes, Calif., Joanne (Tom) Bowman of San Joes, Calif.; in-laws, Bernard (Jo) Geers of McBain and Margaret (Bob) Newland of Cadillac; and many nieces and nephews.

Marvin De Witt of Zeeland, Mich., died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. He was 92.

Marve started Bil-Mar Foods in 1938 with his brother Bill. Marve had a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and vision. Marve and Bill's leadership grew their small poultry business into a leading company in the poultry and food industry.

Marve was well-known for his wit and zest for life. He was an avid hunter who enjoyed the camaraderie of family and friends in the outdoors. Marvin was a lifelong member of Ottawa Reformed Church and served on the Zeeland Public School Board, the Ottawa County Road Commission, the Board of Northwestern College in Iowa and many business, agricultural and poultry associations.

Marve received honorary doctorate degrees from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Marvin and Jerene's gifts blessed many people and organizations: Northwestern College, Hope College, the Reformed Church in America, Western Theological Seminary and Zeeland Community Hospital. Marvin's greatest joy came from time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Jerene DeWitt; children, Gary (Joyce) DeWitt, Donald (Minnie) DeWitt, Merle (Sheri) DeWitt; Keith (Mary) DeWitt, Marilyn DeWitt ’63 (Thomas) Norman, Jack (Mary) DeWitt and Nancy (Robert) Havemen; 23 grandchildren, including Rita DeWitt ’90 (Christopher ’88) Pieters, Dirk (Tracy) DeWitt ’96, Aaron (Rachael Sloop ’05) DeWitt ’03, Ashley DeWitt ’08, Jason (Martha Bouwens ’05) DeWitt ’04, Michael (Laura) Norman ’91, Julie Norman ’93 (Dale ’91) Grimes, Jr., Laurie DeWitt ’89 (Chris) Wierda, Steven (Melissa Moroz ’94) DeWitt ’94, Linda DeWitt ’96 (Ryan ’96) Berhorst, Ronald (Beth) Haveman ’98 and Amy Haveman ’92 (David) DeKruyter; 62 great-grandchildren, including Nicole VanderKolk ’10 Lundy and Brittany Pieters ’14.

Mary Vlieger '75 DeYoung crossed over into heaven on Monday, July 25, 2011, at Spectrum Hospital and Care Center following a brief but intense battle with cancer. She was 58.

Mary DeYoung was born on January 28, 1953, to Bill and Sylvia Vlieger '42 in Sioux Center, IA. Mary was active in numerous organi­zations in her church and school, holding leadership positions in most of them. Mary graduated as class valedictorian while being the yearbook editor for her high school. Mary always had a love for math, which she pursued at Hope College where she majored in math education.

After graduating with honors from Hope, Mary taught middle school math in Hudsonville for five years, taught part-time at Holland Community Education’s Learning Center for Adults, and for one year was the deputy head of school and a mathematics teacher for the inaugural year at Black River Public School. The majority of her teaching career was spent at Hope College as a member of the math faculty since 1982. Mary was an enthusiastic teacher of math teachers and won prestigious academic awards for her pro­fessionalism and knowledge of math education, including the Janet L. Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She was sought after as a math consultant and frequently held workshops throughout the country.

Mary wrote numerous articles for publications including the cover article in the October, 2009 edition of Teaching Mathematics in Middle School, a chapter in another math book dealing with effective strategies in teaching, and many others. In addition to enjoying any game or activity involving math, Mary was an avid tennis player, bridge player, and loved to ride her tandem bike with her beloved husband Steve. Mary was active in Third Reformed Church by holding various leadership positions, being involved with the youth program, and was an advocate for those less fortunate than she by participating in various mission trips. She and Steve were active with the Holland Area CROP Walk for years.

Mary is survived by her husband of 37 years, Steve DeYoung '75; and her son and his fiancée, Andy DeYoung and Jessica Materson of Grand Rapids, and her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Allison (Rich) DeYoung '06 of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by her mother, Sylvia Vlieger of Sioux Center, IA; her sister Judy (Ron) Buseman of Sioux Falls, SD; her brother Bill (Patty) Vlieger of Houston, TX; and JoAnn (Vern) Wichers of Le Mars, IA; her parents-in­law, Dr. James (Ruth Koeppe '52) DeYoung '51 of Waupun, WI, Dirk DeYoung '79 of Holland, Patricia DeYoung and Brad Nauman of Salt Lake City, UT, Paul (Bonnie) DeYoung '81 of Sussex, WI, and Sarah DeYoung and Scott Mason of Wauwautosa, WI;and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Deborah Denton '71 Dykstra of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 after a long fight with multiple sclerosis. She was 61.

Deborah graduated fro Hope College and taught school for 27 years at Tri County Ara Schools in Howard City.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ted Denton.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Dykstra ’71; son, Brian of Chiago; her mother, Jean Denton of Grand Rapids; brothers and sisters, Todd (Julie) Denton of Baton rouge, La., Carla (Steve) Fay of Grainger, ind., and David (Jennifer) Denton of Grand Rapids, Mich; brother-in-law, bob (Carol) Dykstra aof Kentwood; aunt, Margaret Ten Elshof of Kentwood; 13 nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

William Fabiano of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, July 25, 2011. He was 85.

Bill was born in Holland in 1925 to the late A. Patsy and Mary Fabiano. As a child, he attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, and later graduated from Holland High School in 1943. After high school, Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After the war Bill co-owned Fabiano’s in Holland until 1979. After retiring from Fabiano’s Bill worked at Hope College until 1991.

During Bill’s years of retirement, he worked at the Holland Peanut Store where he was fondly remember as Uncle Bill. Bill was a life-long ember of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where he served mass for over 70 years.

He was a life member and past exalted Ruler of the Holland Elks 1315. Bill was a past member of the Holland Optimist Club. Bill was very charismatic and made many friends through Holland Hospital Cardiac Rehab. In 1955, Bill married Rose Bonofi glio who preceded him in death in 1961.

Bill was preceded in death by his siblings, Nell Reda, Sister Mary Francina R.S.M., Joseph Fabiano, Rose Muto, Samuel Fabiano, Lena Juhasx, Helen Fabiano and Amelia Fabiano.

Survivors include his sister, Beatrice Stokes; brother, Paul (Ester) Fabiano; sister-in-law, Reka Fabiano; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Claudia Hayes-Hager '74 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. She was 59.

Claudia was born to Thomas and Frances Hayes at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Va., on Oct. 9, 1951.

Hayes-Hager joined the Hope faculty in 1997, teaching courses in art and education with an emphasis on elementary art instruction in addition to teaching in the West Ottawa Public Schools. Hayes-Hager was a 1974 graduate of Hope, where she majored in art education. She had also done graduate work at Harvard University and Grand Valley State University in art education and curriculum development.

She spent most of her career as an elementary art teacher. She was at Reeths-Puffer Elementary school from 1984-1989 and then with the West Ottawa Public Schools, retiring from Waukazoo Elementary school in 2010. Hayes-Hager’s activities included many years of involvement with the Holland area Arts council, most recently as a volunteer and member of the board.

Claudia was a wonderful artist and mother. She was the personification of the joy of living. To all of her students Claudia was known as “Mrs. Art.”

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Annie Lane Hager; mother, Frances Hayes; brothers, William and David; and a sister, Julia.

Survivors include her children, Annie Hager, Jonathon (Lindsey Derrington) Hager; father, Thomas (Geneva) Hayes; and a brother, Thomas Hayes, Jr.

Tilda “JoAnn” Kaper ’57 Hickman of DeMotte, Ind., died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. She was 76.

She was born on September 14, 1934 in Chicago, Ill., to Neil and JoHanna (Kingma) Kaper, both deceased. JoAnn was a graduate of DeMotte High School and attended Hope College.

On October 23, 1959 she married Howard Hickman who survives, JoAnn was a special education aide in the DV School Corporation for 27 years and a member of First Reformed Church, DeMotte, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert S. and William Kaper.

Survivors include her loving husband, Howard Hickman; loving children, Dana Hickman, DeMotte, Ind. and Tim (Laura) Hickman, Hobart, Ind.; tow granddaughters, Shelby Lynn and Sydney Dee Hickman; tow step-grandchildren, Phillip and Katlyn Hardesty; and a step-great-grandchild, Aubrey Steward; brother, Harry (Grace) Kaper, Watseka, Ill.; sisters, Ruth Kaper ’65 (Jack ’65) Elliott, Tucson, Ariz., and Betty (Art) Fetell, Landisburg, Pa.

Donald Housenga of Tower, Minn., died on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. He was 71.

Donald George Housenga was born December 30, 1939 in Fulton Ill. He died following a courageous 2 1/2 year fight against cancer on June 1, 2011 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital with his family beside him. He was the 4th child of John and Tena Housenga Selles. The family moved to Holland, Michigan when Don was 6 years old.

He graduated from Holland High School in 1957 and enjoyed saying the class motto “Best on Earth, Best in Heaven, We’re the Class of ‘57”. Following graduation, he was employed as a furniture finisher for Baker furniture Company in Holland. He was also self-employed as an interior finisher before working in the maintenance department at Hope College for 25 years as the head painter. During that time he employed many students in the summer on his paint crews. Wonderful relationships were formed during these years at Hope College where he and his wife Pauly also served as residence hall directors at Dyskstra Hall.

In 1964 he married Pauline (Pauly) Peil Housenga of Tower, Minn., who he met as his next door neighbor while she was a student at Hope living with her sister’s family in Holland. Don and Paul retired to their Lake Vermillon Minn. cabin in 2005. He loved fishing doing remodeling projects and helping friends and family with their projects.

Don was a former member of the Maplewood reformed church of Holland, Mich., where he was ordained as a deacon and an elder. He is currently a member of the St. James Presbyterian Church of Tower, Minn., serving as an ordained elder. He was a member of the St. James Choir and the Lake Vermillon community choir in Tower. He assisted with the building of two Habitat Houses in Tower.

Don was a member of the Greenwood Township Seniors serving as coordinator of their activities and the Lake Vermillon Sportsmen’s Club where he was an Invasive Species Volunteer Inspector. He was a member of the Tower Soudan Historic Society and volunteered on restoring the train and painting the depot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ten Housenga-Selles; step-father, Bill Selles, his in-laws, John (Mintie ) Peil of Tower; his sister, Mildred Gettemy of Dixon, Ill; his brother-in-laws, Raymond and Richard Peil, William Strating and sister-in-law, Gerri Peil Burd.

Survivors include his wife “Pauly" Peil ’65 Housenga; his daughters Laurel Housenga ’88 (Steve ’88) Grose of Holland, Heather Housenga ’90 (Jason) Walker of Minneapolis and son John ( Michelle Mojzak ’96) Housenga ’96 of Minneapolis; six grandsons, Collin, Tyler and Evan Grose, Aaron and Kyle walker, and Thijs Housenga; his sisters Ann (Frank) Aukeman, and Vi (Warren) Drooger; brother, Richard (Sherri) Housenga; sister-in-law, Carol Peil and brother-in-law, Rev. Wm (Judy) Burd and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alfred Joldersma ’40 of Sarasota, Fla., died on Monday, June 27, 2011. He was 92.

He was born on October 17, 1918 to Alfred (Antoinette) Joldersma, graduated from Holland High school, Hope College and the University of Michigan where he received an MBA.

Alfred was employed at Arthur Anderson, Detroit Harvester both in Detroit, Kawneer Company in Niles, Mich., and Hubbell Inc. in Connecticut, from which he retired in 1981. Since his retirement Alfred lived in Sarasota, Fla., and summered in Holland and Traverse City.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Millie Potter ’40 Joldersma in 1982 and his second wife, Grace Joldersma in 2002.

Survivors include his wife Sande Galate; and children Diane Joldersma ’67 (Robert) Portenga, Jane (Luke) Sandborn, and Thomas (Anna) Joldersma; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eunice Potter ’45 Coffman; several step-children; and step-grandchildren.

Walter Mayer ’53 of Rockville, Md., died on Friday, July 8, 2011. He was 84. He was a distinguished research professor at Georgetown University. Survivors include his wife, Gretl Mayer.

Richard Alan Medema '78 of Bowie, Md., died on Friday, June 3, 2011. He was 55.

He was preceded in death by his father, Peter Medema

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Medema; mother, Eunice D. Medema; children, Samantha, Caroline, Benjamin and Patrick Medema; and sister, Patricia (Douglas) Prince.

Andrew Menasian '50 of Paramus, N.J., died on Saturday, April 23, 2011. He was 89.

Prior to retiring he had been an analytical chemist for A. Gross Chemical in Newark, M.J. Andrew was very active with the Bergen County Boy Scouts; he had served as a commissioner, was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and was the founder of many different troops. He was also a member of the Garden State Harmonica Club and an Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Lavina Menasian; children, Mary (Arthur) Van Zilen of Millsboro, Del., Andrew (Noreen) Menasian of Paramus, N.J. and Margaret (Gregory) Ciesla of Vernon; three grandchildren, Arthur, Andrew III, and Christine; and sister, Florence Kuzujian and the late George Menasian.

Andrew Nyboer ’39 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, May 14, 2011. He was 95.

“Andy” was born February 4, 1916, in Holland, to Jan and Geeje (DeWitt) Nyboer. He was one of 12 children, faithfully raised and became a flower of Jesus Christ at Fourth Reformed Church, Holland. Andy always remembered his seat and exact pew the family sat in every Sunday.

He attended Holland Public Schools. He graduated from Hope College in 1939, then attended Loyola Dental School in Chicago, Ill. He met Marion Stroberg while she was attendingPresbyterian St. Luke’s School of Nursing. They were married at the old Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill, by Dr. Hugh Bannen, the “Marrying Parson” of that time in the United States.

Previously, Dr. Bannen had been a pastor in Princeton, Ill. After serving in the U.S. Army as a captain, the couple moved to Rockford, Ill., where Andy practiced dentistry for over 35 years.

Together, Marion and Andy raised four children, Jacquelyn Nyboer ’67 (Glenn ’64) VanWieren, Holland, Jill Nyboer ’70 (Harry ’70) Rumohr, Mason, Rebecca Nyboer ’71Ratering, Green Lake, Wis., Dutch (Cyndy Hartman ’74) Nyboer ’74, Nunica. They have been blessed with 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren including Emily (Matthew ’99) Ratering-Youngberg ’99, Jacob Nyboer ’04, Granger (Bethany Klunder ’06) Nyboer ’07, Molly Nyboer ’09 (Seth ’08) Weener, Hannah Nyboer ’14 , Gretchen (Karsten ’96) Rumohr-Voskuil ’96, John Rumohr ’99, Luke (Lindsay Brown ’05) Rumohr ’03, Bain (Laura Johnson ’07) Rumohr ’06, Kuria VanWieren ’98, Heidi VanWieren ’96 (John Byrn ’98),and Grethel (Gerald Ericksen) VanWieren ’93.

Much of Andrew’s time over the years had been given to his church, (Trinity Lutheran, Hope Reformed, Westminister Presbyterian, Covenant Life), Young Life and many civic and professional organizations.

Together Andrew and Marion had a remarkable effect on the lives of teenagers and adults. The years 1961-85 were a special time when they led a Young Life club in Rockford, Ill.

Andrew is survived by Marion, wife of 67 years, residing at Robbinswood Assisted Living community, Grand Haven; brother, Dr. Robert Nyboer ’49, Fullerton, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Martha Nyboer, Grosse Pointe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Anthony and Betty Jean Konstant, Winnetka, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

William Pelon '43 of of Jacksonville, S.C. died on Saturday, June 25, 2011. He was 94.

Bill spent his first twenty years in Holland, Michigan. In 1941 the Navy recruited him for flight training which he completed in June 1942 and transferred to the United States Marine Corps. He flew to many of the islands of the Pacific and after the end of World War II, in China. He retired from the Marine Corps in October 1961.

After his military duty, he worked for the Equitable Life Assurance Society and retired from the Equitable in 1981. He was a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club, served on the United Way Board, the Onslow County Planning Board and delivered Meals on Wheels for six years. He was active in TROA and OARO. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter (Tressa) Pelon; his first wife, Joyce McCormick Pelon; four brothers, including J. Charles Pelon ’29 and two sisters, and a stepson.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Pelon; three sons, Charles Pelon, William Pelon, Jr. and Robert Pelon; a daughter, Mary Pelon ’68 Caldweld; three stepsons, Ivan Peacock, William Peacock and Thomas Peacock; and a stepdaughter, Elizabeth King; six grandchildren; eleven step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-step-grandchildren.

Burrell Pennings ’50 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Thursday, June 23, 2011. He was 84.

He was born in Hudson, N.Y. on May 19, 1927. He graduated from Hope College in 1950, from Western Theological Seminary in 1956 and ordained in the Reformed Church in America. He received his Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary, St Paul, Minn. in 1985.

Burrell served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. He taught at Meiji Gakuin University in Japan from 1950-1953, and served churches in Indianapolis, Ind., Lincoln Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, Clara City, Minn., Alexander, Iowa and North Haledon, N.J.

During his retirement he served as Pastor of Visitation at First Reformed Church of Zeeland, and started the Sunday evening service at Royal Park Place.

Burrell was an active member of HASP of Holland, an avid reader, multi-lingual, and was always ready with a joke or memorized poem for any occasion.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Norinne Pennings; his children, Beth of Morrhead, Minn., Tim of Holland, and Daniel of Xi’an, China; his brother, Dale (Christine) of Scotia, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Wanda Hendrickson of Grandville; four nieces and five nephews.

Barbara Prins of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Barb was a member of Beechwood Church and worked for more than 20 years at Creative Dining with Hope College.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Rozeboom.

Survivors include her husband, Ken Prins of Holland; children, Troy (Kerri) Prins of Muskegon, and Amy Prins ’04 of Holland; five grandchildren, Levi, Alexis, Gennevieve, Keegin and Seith; sister, Shirley (Gene) Dams; special niece, Deb (Rowdy) Gibson; special great-nephews, Dustin and Joshua; sisters and brother-in-law, Arla Rozeboom, Jack (Ann) Prins, Frank (Betty) Poppema, Jim (Judy) Moskalic, Carl (Ruth) Southwork, Mark (Wanda) Prins; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 John Robins '49 of Benicia Calif., died on Tuesday, Sept, 21, 2010. He was 86.

Dr. Robins served as a corpsman in the Pacific Theater during World War II and as a surgeon during the Vietnam War, where he earned a Bronze Star. He also served in Naples, Italy and retired from his last duty station in Pensacola, Fla., in 1975.

After retirement from the military, Dr. Robins went into private practice in San Leandro until 1986, when he returned to government service with the Veterans Administration in Martinez and established the first women veterans GYN clinic. Later in life, Dr. Robins pursued his love of theater by performing with the Benicia Old Town Theater Group, Alameda Little Theater, Concord Music Theater, and Vallejo Music Theater. Some of this favorite performances were "The Man Who Came to Dinner". "Sugar Babies", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" "A Christmas Carol" and "Tom Sawyer".

Dr. Robins was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Officers Association of America and the American Legion and was a member of the First Marine Reserve Association and the St. Andrews Society of San Francisco.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Snow '51 Robins; four grown children, Jessica (John) Gamel of Louisville, Robert (Kimberly) Robins of Essexville, Mich., Derek (Lynn) Robins of Houston and Anthony Robins of Benicia; and seven grandchildren, James and Charlotte Schumacher, and Chelsea, Jonathan, Emily, Timothy and Caroline Robins.

  Frank Shary '60 of Saugatuck, Mich., passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy and was a lifetime member of the VFW. Frank worked in the new product division at General Electric. He will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors.

Robert Vandenberg ’39 formerly of Reading and Holland, died on Saturday, June, 2011 at his daughter’s home in Cambria Township. He was 93.

He was born November 11, 1917, in Holland, Mich., to Henry (Cornelia Teusink) Vandenberg and graduated from Holland High school. He furthered his education at Hope College, University of Michigan and Harvard University.

Mr. Vandenberg became an educator and was superintendent of reading Community schools for 24 years. He served in the U.S Army during World War II and belonged to Reading American Legion Post #360, Reading Rotary Club, and the Hillsdale Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kenneth ’42 and Merle Vandenberg ’48.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula Stratmann Vandenberg, who he married August 27, 1955; three daughter, Kim Vandenberg ’78 (Bruce) Bolton, Holland, Karen (Allan ) Hamilton, Hillsdale, Karla ( Tim Clark) Vandenberg, Hillsdale; seven grandchildren, Andre and Robert Boersen, Katherine Graves, David Hamilton, Amanda Shinners, J.V. Shinners, Jared Shinners, and eight great-grandchildren.

Dick Vriesman '47 of Lynden, Wash., died on Sunday, May 22, 2011. He was 87.

He was born Marcy 22, 10224, in Muskegon to Albert (Clara Wolffis) Vriesman, grew up in Michigan, was a graduate of Hope College, served for three years in Tindivanum, India, as a short term missionary immediately after college before attending and graduation from western Theological Seminary in Holland.

He was an ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America. On June 13, 1952, Dick married Nellie Mae Ritsema in Momence, Ill. Pastor Vriesman served churches in Prairie City, Iowa, Gibbsville, Wis., South Holland, Ill, Kalamazoo, and Holland. In 1979, he was called to Faith Reformed Church in Lynden where he served for 11 years.

Faithful to his calling Dick had a special heart for people of all ages and ministering to their needs. A great storyteller, he also had a love for music and was a voice major in college. The ministry was his vocation and hobby, as he continued serving a number of local churches in retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nell Ritsema ’47 Vriesman; son, Brian (Lori) Vriesman ’75 of Twin Falls, Idaho; daughter, Mary DeHaan of Lynden; eight grandchildren, Nicole ’02, Walter, Kim, Evan, Brett, Travis Kelly and Mason; two great-grandchildren; sister, Grayce Hopma of Muskegon; and brother, Robert Vriesman of Grand Rapids.

Suzellen Roest ’51 Webb of Rockford, Ill., died on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. She was 82.

She was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Lima, Ohio, to Henry George and Jessie Margaret Staeger Roest (1909), the “first present of Christmas that year.” She married Arthur B. Webb on Sept 13,1953 in Marion, Ohio.

Sue received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois in 1986. when she worked outside of the home, Sue was a school librarian and later worked for Baker & Taylor in Momence.

In her leisure time, Sue was an avid reader. She especially loved books about the U.S. presidents and their wives. She loved being a grandma. She and Art also loved to travel. In addition to seeing most of the 50 states, they enjoyed unforgettable trips to Canada, Europe and the Holy Land. As the wife of a preacher, Sue was blessed with the challenges and joys of a life of ministry. She was actively involved in 13 different United Methodist congregations in the Central Illinois Conference.

Sue was a lifetime member of United Methodist Women and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rockford. Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandma and friend. She had a beautiful smile, a good life, a good soul and she will be missed.

Preceding her in death were a brother, George Roest and a Sister, Winnifred Roest Dahnert.

Survivors include her husband Arthur Webb; children, Deb (Mark) Webb Harada, Wess Webb, Cindy (J.R.) Milstead and Ed ( Michelle) Webb; grandchildren, Tasha Redd, Jessica Milstead, Harry Harada, Zach McPeek, ReiEllen Harada, Melissa Milstead and Sarah Webb; two great-grandsons; her brother, Calvin Roest of Richmond, Va.; and many other treasured family members and friends.

Dean Wierenga '88 Dean Wierenga ’88 of Jenison, Mich., died on Thursday, July 7, 2011 following a cardiac arrest. He was 47.

He was the Jenison girl’s basketball coach for 15 years, youth director at Woodhaven and Fellowship Reformed churches. He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in May, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dirk Wierenga.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Brenda Conant ’88 Wierenga; his daughters, Heather and Holly; his parents, Warren (Elaine) Wierenga; brothers, Dough (Denise) and Dave Wierenga; his grandmother, Harriet Wierenga; his parents-in-law, Roger (Carol) Conant; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Teri (Evan) Dufendach and Tammie (Jeff) Palmitier; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Ann Church '57 Wiersema of Fennville, Mich., died on Saturday, May 28, 2011. She was 76.

Survivors included her brother, William R.K. (Sandra Sissing ’64) Church ’64; sisters, Dale Church ’62 (P. John ’61) Paarlberg, Jr. and Marilyn; three children; one granddaughter; and nephews including, Javed J.B. Church ’91 and Elliott Church ’91.

Marian Bocks ’38 Woodby of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, June 25, 2011. She was 95.

Marian was born on December 17, 1915, on Holland’s Northside Howard Avenue, the second of five children to George Washington Bocks and Hazel Marian Deplidge.

A graduate of Holland High School in 1934 and Hope College in 1939, she was hired by the superintendent, her future husband, for her first teaching job in Kalkaska, Michigan.

After marring Wayne Dean Woodby on August 4, 1939, she also taught in Fennville, Fraser, Roseville, Warren Consolidated and Centerline, did vision screening in rural schools, sang in choirs, played the organ and piano for churches, organized family reunions, and wrote programs for special Maundy Thursday Services.

She was an active member of Untied Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, two book clubs, AAUW, HASP and attended over thirty Elder hostels with her husband, Wayne. Her promise to God in life was to volunteer, lead and listen. In all three she succeeded, for though her body resisted, her mind remained capable to the end.

At the conclusion of her memoirs, Marian stated…”My lifetime has seen many changes, from oil lamps to computer, wood fired Round Oak to microwave… and I can say with Browning, ‘Come, grow old along with me, The best of life is yet to be.’”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Woodby.

Survivors include her children, Jane Woodby ’63 (Al) Osman, David (Nona) Woodby, Timothy (Rosemary Johnson) Woodby ’69, Abigail Woodby ’77 (James) Searls; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; her brother, William (Marjorie Mulder ’52) Bocks ’52; sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Bocks; and many nieces and nephews and cousins, including Elizabeth Bocks ’79 and Nathan bocks ’89.