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December 2011 Obituaries


Rebecca Arenas '86 (10/29/11)

James Baker '57 (09/15/11)

William Beswick (09/23/11)

Joshua Boerigter (09//11)

Kevin Bruins (10/15/11)

Dennis Camp '59 (10/03/11) 

Paul DeVries (09/08/11)

Betty Duval (10/15/11)

Jay Folkert '39 (08/9/11)

Robert Folkert '49 (10/26/11)

Marcia Fowler (11/01/11)

Rebecca Brookstra '79 French (10/08/11)

Mary VanDyk '57 Grote (10/09/11)

Mary Jacobs '41 Hakken (10/08/11)

Ann Timmer '45 Higgs (08/08/11)

Eugene Horne '49 (09/10/11)

Martin Howell '69 (07/22/11)

Edna Hulst (10/04/11)

Dorothy Wendt '44 Hurst (09/18/11)

Earl Kragt '49 (10/16/11)

Martha VanSaun '47 Lam (10/13/11)

Evon Southland '57 Laman (09/23/11)

Ruth Haadsma '56 Martin (09/15/11)

Alan Noerenberg '84 (10/05/11)

Rodger Northuis '53 (10/11/11)

David Novaez '85 (10/09/11)

Daniel Reeverts '74 (07/28/11)

Robert Schellenberg Sr. (09/24/11)

Robert Schuiteman '50 (08/30/11)

Trevor Slot (10/13/11)

Phyllis Steunenberg '59 (09/01/11)

Milo VanBeek '68 (08/18/11)

Frederick Vandermeer '63 (06/13/11)

Alvin Vegter '39 (08/14/11)

Rosanna Atkins '45 Wallace (04/07/11)

 

Rebecca Arenas '86 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. She was 76.

Rebecca (Becky) Arenas was born to Miguel and Maria Arenas of Crystal City, Texas, in 1935. Becky passed away peacefully at Holland Hospice surrounded by her children and immediate family following a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Becky’s story is distinctly American. Her family moved to West Michigan in the early 1940s and worked at Timmer’s farm in West Olive. After her father found work at the Heinz factory, her family moved to Holland. Becky attended Saint Francis de Sales and graduated from Holland High School in 1954, married Leo Rivera that year and divorced in 1967.

After many years of working on her bachelor’s degree at universities in Texas and Michigan, Becky graduated from Hope College in 1985. Becky’s achievements and awards exemplify her pioneering spirit. She was one of the first Hispanic athletic sisters and Dutch dancers at Holland High School, and also helped start the Crusillo movement in Holland. Becky’s captivating grace and beauty garnered her the title of the first Latin American Society Queen of Grand Rapids.

A successful bid for St. Francis De Sales Church Council began a series of campaigns for Holland School Board and Holland City Council for Councilman-at-Large in 1977 and as a candidate for the second ward in 1979. As a teacher, Becky was instrumental in promoting the summer migrant Head Start program. Becky was appointed by Governor Milliken as a member of La Raza Unida to the State Comprehensive Health Planning Advisory Council, was a founding member of Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) and served as secretary of the Community Action House for three years. Her lifetime achievement in social justice was acknowledged by the Cesar Chavez Recognition award in Washington, D.C., in March 2000 and the Cesar Chavez Golden Citizen Achievement Award in 2010. She also was recognized by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute for voter registration drives and received the Willie C. Velasquez award. She served as the League of Women Voters 2010 local chairman, and she is a nominee for the 2012 State of Michigan Women ’s Hall of Fame.

She was preceded in death by her father, Miguel Arenas; her brother, Reynaldo Arenas; her mother, Maria Arenas, and a granddaughter, Anna Rivera.

Survivors include her children, Marco Rivera (Becky Trask), Mario Rivera (Sandra), Marguerite Bermann (Phillip), Monica Peach (Michael), Mauro Rivera, Magdalena Rivera, Marcel Rivera (Heather Knoll); and her siblings, Arturo Arenas (Cathy), Ramiro Arenas (Pat), Raquel Guerrero (Ignacio), Ricardo Arenas (Cindy) and Rosa Maria Arenas. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Luke and Taylor Wiley, Sarah Billings, Louie Jr. and Michael Rivera, Angela Tapia, Azariah Rivera, Tristan, Christiana and Ariana Peach and Gabriel Rivera; her great-grandchildren, Destenee, Rihanna and Kristine; many nieces and nephews.

James Baker '57 of Long Beach, Calif., died on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. He was 76.

Dr. James A. Baker, who spent the bulk of his career as a pathologist at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, passed away from a stroke at the hospital that he loved. He touched the lives of many people during his lifetime.

Born in Passaic, N.J., he took great pride in the state he grew up in. He later attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where he met his bride of 53 years, Elizabeth Vander Jagt. After graduating with degrees in physics and mathematics, he attended medical school at the University of Michigan. As part of his continuing training, he spent time in Grand Rapids, Mich., Ann Arbor, Mich., and four years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Dr. Baker brought his family to Long Beach, Calif., in 1969 to become director of hematopathology at Memorial. He discovered a love for teaching and for many years performed lectures for 2nd year medical students at the University of California College of Medicine, Irvine, where he was awarded the Golden Microscope for his teaching acumen.

He also gave lectures at the American Society of Clinical Pathology national meetings. Additionally, he joined the Memorial Medical Center Foundation board of directors, where he served as treasurer and chair of both the Nominating and Grants application Committees during 12 years of service. He retired from Memorial in 2001. However, he “flunked retirement” and worked part-time at Harbor UCLA Medical Center from 2001-2009, where he continued to mentor residents. His “retirement” also included a medical teaching trip to China, and several medical missionary trips to Kenya. His greatest legacy is the numerous people he touched along the way with his humble compassion, his tremendous generosity, and his great sense of humor. His life displayed a trajectory of personal growth that resulted largely from his relationship with Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tunis (Janet Bouma ’23) Baker ’23; and sister, Barbara Baker ’52 DeYoung.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth VanderJagt ’57 Baker; his four children, Susan Stribich, Steve Baker, Jamie Rupp and Zach Baker; 13 grandchildren; and soon to be two great-grandchildren.

William Beswick of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. He was 73.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always was involved with his grandchildren, regularly attending all of their sports, concerts and activities with his wife.

He was an avid pilot since 1968. He built his own airplane, completed it in 1979 and he enjoyed flying it regularly. Both of his sons have become pilots themselves. Bill retired from Mutual Home/Prime Bank, predecessors to PNC Bank, where he was a commercial loan officer.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Taylor Marie Bylsma.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Margaret “Peg” Beswick; children, Jeff (Tammy) Beswick ’84, David (Mary) Beswick ’85, Susan Beswick ’86 (Tom) Bylsma ’86 and Ann Beswick ’91 (Lonnie) Bates; 14 grandchildren, Zack, Adam, Ethan and Mallory Beswick, Sebastian, Oliver and Amelia Beswick, Jacob, Jonah and Logan Bylsma, Dalton, Colton, Nolan and Ella Bates; brothers and sister, Charles (Maureen) Beswick, David (Mari) Beswick and Peggy Wieber; sister and brother-in-law, Helen (Ken) Kline and Richard (Sue) Beisel.

Joshua Boerigter of Portage, Mich., was struck by a freight train in Holland as he walked along the tracks on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 . He was 18.

He was a 2011 graduate of Portage Northern High School and a third generation student at Hope College.

He was preceded in death by his uncle Jack Boerigter ’54.

Survivors include his parents, James (Tish Carr ’82) Boerigter ’82; brother, Calvin Boerigter; grandparents, George (Sibilla) Boerigter ’61 and Lynn (Jane) Carr; aunts and uncles, Daniel (Christina Eisenmann ’88) Boerigter ’88, Steven (Kathleen Reeder ’93) Boerigter, Jennifer Carr ’85 (Todd) LeMieux, Paul (Doris) Boerigter ’50; Delores Boerigter and David (Barbara) Boerigter ’59.

Kevin Bruins of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct 15, 2011. He was 33.

As a passionate follower of Jesus, Kevin was a loving husband to his wife, Emily Louis '03 Bruins and a wonderful father to his sons, Trent, Zane and Luke.

Kevin graduated from Unity Christian High School in 1997, Ferris State in 1999 and Chapman school of Seamanship for Marine Survey in 2009. He will be remembered fondly for his sense of humor, great laugh, strong work ethic and love of Mountain Dew. Kevin owned and operated PWC Technology in Holland where he combined his passion for water sports with his mechanical abilities and gifts. He was an active member at Faith Reformed Church, serving as a past deacon, treasurer and on mission projects. Kevin was loved and will be missed by all his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Roger and Marty Bruins, Fred and Kathy Louis; brother and sister, Eric and Janette Bruins, Jennifer and Matthew Viel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Julie and Darren Vande Zande, Kim Louis '07, Ryan Louis, nephews and nieces, Grace, Lucy, Jame, Seth, Jaedon, Jenna; grandparents, Ken Louis '53, Esther Kamps; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dennis Camp '59 of Springfield, Ill., died on Oct. 3, 2011. He was 73.

He was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Robert Thurston and Marjorie Emell Hoxie Camp. On April 24, 1999, he married Barbara Ann Byram Milman.

He was previously married to Trula Vaughn, who preceded him in death, and to Mary Dozeman, who survives.

Dr. Camp attained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Hope College in Michigan; Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey; doctorate form the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was an English Professor at Sangamon State University and University of Illinois Springfield from 1970 to 1993. He was a member of the founding faculty of SSU/UIS and was professor emeritus.

Dr. Camp was dean of the arts and sciences cluster from 1982-1985. From 2009-2011, he was the president of the Vachel Lindsay Association. A Vachel Lindsay Scholar, Dr. Camp was in the process of composing a biography of the Springfield poet. He had previously edited Lindsay’s poetry, prose and drawings in four volumes. Dr. Camp also enjoyed golf and bicycling.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert (Marjorie) Camp; a sister, Sally Camp.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Camp; daughter, Christina (Michael) Ryan; son, Douglas (Sara) Camp; five grandchildren; two stepchildren, Kelsey (Russ Williams) Milman and John (Emily) Milman; and four step-grandchildren. >

Paul DeVries of Forreston, Ill., died on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. He was 93.

He was born on May 14, 1918 on the DeVries Farm, the son of John and Henrietta (Reints) DeVries. He attended Forreston Schools. He married Leona Grace DeWall on August 29, 1938 at Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Forreston Reformed Church where he was a deacon and elder. Other memberships included former Forreston Community Club, 50-year member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau. He served on the board of trustees for Hope College from 1974 to 1976, and was the past president of Forreston Council of Churches and also served on the board of trustees of the Lincoln Township.

At the time of his retirement in 1990 he had farmed the family farm for 52 years. He was co-owner of DeVries Implement for seven years. He enjoyed sports, reading and traveling. After retirement he continued working at the farm and doing volunteer work. Family church and community were all an important part of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Keith and Jay DeVries ; and one sister, Millie Vietmeier.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Grace DeVries, two sons; Roger (Sandy) DeVries, and Derald (Nola) DeVries; grandchildren, Gwen (Brian) Weidman, Cheryl (Bob) Allen, Mark (Lori) DeVries, Jill DeVries, Gregg (Kris) DeVries, and Amy (Scott) Campbell; great-grandchildren, Kody Grove, Nathan, Ryan and Reid Blackburn, Austin and Chandler Allen, Dane, Derek, and Haley DeVries, Angela, Justin and Erin Butler, Dakotah and Peyton Sorn, Grant and Lexi DeVries, Alyssa and Abby Cavazos and Jacob Campbell; a great-great-grandchild, Ryleigh Butler; and two sisters, Gladys Ludewig, and Lois Cheeseman.

Betty Duval of Bronxville, N.Y., died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. She was 90.

She was born on May 13, 1921 in Bolivar and raised in Richmond. She was the daughter of William and Marie Townsend Duval.

She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Betty Ann loved life, her family and her friends. She had a generous heart and her natural kindness and generosity earned her friendships where ever she went.

Betty Ann found her true calling in working with people. She enjoyed a long and successful career in human resources. In her early career with R.C.A. then General Foods and later Dow Jones and Co. After retirement she became a consultant to various companies. She was active in the Reformed Church of Bronxville, a former member of Great Consistory, a former advisory board member for the Bronxville Senior Citizens Council, a former board member of Hope College (1987-1995) in Holland Mich., a former board member of 900 Palmer Road Inc. Cooperative and a member of General Foods Northeast Alumni. She also established the Betty Ann Duval Scholarship Fund at Hope College for those who needed financial assistance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Barbara Duval.

 

Marcia Fowler of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. She was 66.

Marcia was a member of Central Wesleyan Church where she was involved in First Impressions Ministries. Marcia enjoyed her butterfly garden, feeding birds and spending time with her grandchildren. She was employed at Hope College's Kletz coffee shop for the last 33 years.

She is survived by her husband, Nick, of 46 years; and children, Greg and Sandy Fowler of Hamilton, Carla and Sean McTaggart of Holland; grandchildren, Ryan, Devin and Mason Fowler and Kyle and Nick Westerhoff; sisters, Joan and Juan Sandoval of Holland, Donna and Bob Heeringa of Holland; brother-in-law, Phil Fowler of Hamilton; nephews nieces and cousins.

 

Rebecca Brookstra '70 French of Golden, Colo., died on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 after a prolonged illness. She was 54.

Rebecca Jane Brookstra was born on Aug. 31, 1957, in San Diego, Calif., the oldest daughter of Donald and Georgia (McCormick) Brookstra. After moving to Davenport at an early age, she graduated from Davenport West High School with the class of 1975. Following her high school graduation, she attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where she graduated with a degree in business and communications in 1979. That same year, she married James French of Birmingham, Mich. They spent most of their married life in Naperville, Ill., moving to Golden only four years ago.

Becky’s career was in product management and payroll. Over the years she had been employed by Sunbeam, Midwestern University, Unisys, and the Denver Art Museum. She was an avid reader (anything on the bestseller list) and enjoyed all aspects of home décor and furniture refinishing, In spirit, she was always kind and generous, and always willing to listen and give council or sympathy to a friend in pay or in need. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William (Lou) McCormick and Clarence (Gertrude) Brookstra; and her father-in-law, John French ’49.

Survivors include her husband, James French ’79; her son, Graham French; parents, Donald (Georgia McCormick ’58) Brookstra ’56; two sisters, Deborah Brookstra ’82 (Larry) Orendorff and Sonya (Scott Siebel) Kavenaugh; mother-in-law, Marjorie Lucking ’48 French; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary VanDyk '57 Grote of Phoenix, Ariz., died on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. She was 89.

She was born in Holland, Mich., on Feb. 23, 1922. She worked as a teacher for 36 years and came to Arizona about 52 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Henry Grote Sr.; and her son, Henry Grote, Jr.

Survivors include her children; Fred Grote, John (Pauline), and Elizabeth Wagner; daughter-in-law. Rosemary Grote; sister, Helen VanDyk ’48 Holkeboer; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Jacobs '41 Hakken of San Diego, Calif., died on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. She was 91.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y. to the Reverend and Mrs. Henry C. Jacobs. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, taught high school English in Holland, Michigan, and Los Angeles, and English as a second language in Encinitas, and was a member of AAUW and active in the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry (Cora VerMeulen 1909) Jacobs 1914; her husband, Harold Hakken ’41; sister, Carol Jacobs ’54 Bosch; and brother Wilbur Jacobs ’39.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Hakken ’66 (John ’67) Mulder; sons, David (Barbara Andres) Hakken and Richard (Julie Miller ’74) Hakken ’74; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren ; and her brother Paul Jacobs; and several nieces and nephews, including Philip Bosch ’77, Katie Bosch ’78 Baeverstad; Paul Bosch ’81 and Stephen Bosch ’85.

Ann Timmer '45 Higgs of Kentwood, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. She was 88.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Martin Timmer, Jr. ’39, William Timmer and Art Timmer ’47.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Richard Higgs ’48; her children, Sue Higgs, Pat Miller, Mary Tener, John (Mary Bridget) Higgs; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Geri Timmer, Gladys Timmer and Betty Daugherty ’42 Timmer; and many nieces and nephews.

Eugene Horne '49 of Leesburg, Fla., died on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. He was 87.

He was born on June 28,1924, in Bayonne, N.J. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving as a tank instructor. He graduated from Little Falls High School in Little Falls, N.J., attended Montclair State University, Hope College and received his bachelor and master degrees from Western Michigan University.

Mr. Horne then had a long career as a teacher and administrator in: Plainwell, Mich., Alachua County, Fla., and Broward county, Fla. He was also an adjunct professor for the University of Florida and Broward College. Mr. Horne started the first Distributive Education program in Florida in 1956 at Gainesville High School. He was a dynamic teacher who cared about his students and was director(principal) of Sheridan Vocational Center in Hollywood, Fla. and Broward County Vocational Center North in Oakland Park, Fl.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Austin ’48 Horne; son, Kenneth Horne; daughter, Merrilee (Greg) Beliveau; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Martin Howell '69of Yakima, Wash., died on Friday, July 22, 2011. He was 64.

Mr. Howell was born in Rochester, N.Y., and had lived in 13 countries and 20 states in the United States. He was a social worker and organizational consultant. His most recent employment was at LeMaster Daniels and then as a private consultant.

Survivors include a brother, Randall Howell; and a sister, Janet Howell Wolfer.

Edna Hulst of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. She was 89.

She was a member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church and a former member of the church’s Ladies Aid Socety. She was employed by Creative Dining of Hope College for 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Hulst.

Survivors include her daughter, Evonne (Jim) Hopp; son, Mark (Pam) Hulst; four grandchildren; sister, Sally (Ken) Hulst; sisters-in-law, Larry (Cel) Hofmeyer and Russell (Joyce) Hessler; and brother-in-law, John (Linda) Hulst.

Dorothy Wendt '44 Hurst,of Mesa, Ariz., died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. She was 88.

Dottie was born October 16, 1922 in Muskegon, Mich., to Albert (Tonnie) Wendt. She was raised in Michigan and attended Hope College in Holland, Mich. She graduated with degrees in education and music. Dottie taught elementary school in Kansas City.

In Denver, she specialized in tutoring special needs children and was thrilled to watch them learn. Music was Dottie’s love. She was a classically trained vocalist and pianist and could always be found at church directing or playing the piano for the choirs. She was respected for her beautiful Christmas solos and duets. Dottie was also active with Billy Graham Crusades choirs.

She continued to sing and play the piano at her care facility. Dottie was involved in Women’s Associations both church and community. She took great pride in making sure her children’s homework had no grammatical errors! She first married Rev. William B. Edwards in August, 1951 in Muskegon, Mich.

After William died in 1975, Dottie married Paul Hurst of Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 1, 1981.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Bernard and Harvey Wendt.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul Hurst; her children, Charlotte Edwards, Daniel Edwards, Shannon Edwards and her “adopted” daughter, Sue Livengood; step-daughter, Sharon Ashbridge; and grandchildren, Morgan Gelbart and Logan Edwards.

Earl Kragt '49 of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. He was 85.

He was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Caledonia to Nelson and Geneva (Romeyn) Kragt. Earl was a graduate of Holland High School.

After he had served in the U.S. Armed Forces (World War II) in Germany, he attended Hope College. He went on to graduate from Western Seminary. Later he earned a MTH from Princeton Seminary and a MRE from Hartford Seminary.

He and his wife, Hazel, who he married Aug. 31, 1949, were missionaries in the Philippines from 1955-1967. For several years, he served as pastor of Hope Reformed Church in Grand Haven. At the invitation of the Chinese church in Manila and with the support of the Venture of Hope from Hope Reformed Church, the family returned to the Philippines for three more years.

Upon returning to the states, he became pastor of the Casnovia Reformed church. A lifelong dream of working in China was realized when he was able to go to China as a teacher at the Taiyuan University in north central China. He returned to Berkeley, Calif., to work for Resources and Referrals for China. In his later years, he was an intern minister for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Earls life and work was defined by his love for the lord, his interest in the scriptures and a deep love for the Chinese people He was a devoted Christian man who loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Roger and cornel Kragt; one sister, Barbara Altena; one sister-in-law, Betty Kragt; two brothers-in-law, Edward Altena and Cornelius VanLoo; and a niece Deborah Lambers.

Survivors include his wife Hazel VanderWoude ’49 Kragt; five children, Paul Kragt ’77, David Kragt ’78, Janice Kragt, Dan (Anna Kalmbach ’84) Kragt ’83 and Mary (David) Thornsen; eight grandchildren, including Rebecca Kragt ’11; and siblings Marvin (Nancy) Kragt ’49, Donna (Conn) Boeve, Phyllis Kragt, Norma VanLoo and Beverly Kragt.

Martha Van Saun '47 Lam of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. He was 85.

She was born May 7, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Walter VanSaun. Early years were spent in Holland. Martha graduated from Hope College and taught school at several locations.

Martha was united in marriage to the Rev. Donald A. Lam on June 17, 1949. As a pastor’s wife she lived in Denver, Colo., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Kalamazoo, (where they later retired) and Raritan, Ill. She served on the Reformed Church of America Women’s Ministries and the Mattawan School Board.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothea VanSaun ’35 Ringenoldus.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Donald A. Lam; and their children; Nicholas (Debra) Lam ’74, Leslie (Michael) Stommen, Rev. Jonathan (Mariann) Lam, all of the Kalamazoo area and Thomas (Dianne) Lam, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; 13 grandchildren including Daniel Lam ’01, Keith Lam ’03, Christopher Lam ’05, Heather Lam ’06 and Heidi Lam ‘06; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Evon Southland '57 Lamanof Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. She was 76.

Evon was born on May 30, 1935, in Muskegon, Mich., to William (Jennie) Southland. She earned a B.A. degree from Hope College in 1957 and taught at Unity Christian High School prior to going with her husband, Gordon, to Japan, where they served as missionaries for the Reformed Church in America for 43 years. She was a member of Beechwood Church in Holland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dan Southland.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Gordon Laman ’56; her children Tim (Cheryl) Laman ’83, Lisa Laman ’88 (Jim ’84) Luyk, and Greg (Sue Hollar ’92) Laman ’93; her grandchildren, Dan and Leah Luyk, Jesse and Katie Luyk, Russell Laman, Jessica Laman, Charlie Laman and Ben Laman; her brothers and sisters, Jack (Ellen) Southland, Phil (Joanne) Southland, Jean ( Max) Wierengo, Bill (Carla) Southland, Gloria (Keith) Shrum; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Earl (Char) Laman ’54; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth Haadsma '56 Martinof Vicksburg, Mich., died on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. She was 85.

Ruth went to be with her Lord and Savior after a short illness. Ruth was born March 3, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Martin and Jenny (Hoogesteger) Haadsma. Ruth graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and in pursuit of a dream to become a Missionary Nurse, received her R.N. license for Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago., Ill. in 1957.

On June 5, 1957, Ruth married her husband of 54 years, Edwin Albert Martin, whom she met on a blind date while he was a student at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. Giving up her dream of becoming a missionary nurse, she instead felt the Lord call her to a life of service as a pastors wife. Her heart of giving and grace was evident in everything she did. She was the church organist, pianist, choir director, vacation Bible School leader, and sometimes janitor.

Ruth spent 18 years as a secretary at Faith Reformed Church in Portage, Mich., after retiring she spent the rest of her years volunteering in any faith based program that needed her help. The Stephens’ Ministry of Lakeland Reformed Church where her and Ed have been members for 32 years, was especially close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her father Martin Haadsma; her mother, Jenny Hoogesteger Haadsma; a sister, Roberta Lovell Haadsma; a brother, Raymond Haadsma.

Survivors include her husband, the Reverend Edwin Albert Martin ’54; her sons, Timothy (Penny) Martin and Jonathan (Kathy) Martin; her daughter, Ann (Shane ) Neel; sisters, Marge Eppink, Mary ( John) Stadt; a brother, Don (Delores) Haadsma; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Alan Noerenberg '84of Naperville, Ill., died on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. He was 49.

He was born May 2, 1962, in Naperville, to Curly and Darlene Noerenberg. Alan graduated from Naperville North High School in 1980. He graduated from Hope College, Holland, Mich., in 1984, where he played soccer. He enjoyed gardening, golf and soccer.

In 1990, he sustained serious injury which altered his life but not his spirit. For the past 10 years, Alan created and organized the Restaurants of Naperville Raffle which supported the Illinois Independent Living Center of Naperville. Alan lived at the Illinois Independent Living Center/Katharine Manor. He was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.S. “Curly” Noerenberg.

Survivors include his mother, Darlene Noerenberg (Joseph) Schille; a sister, Gail Noerenberg ‘78 (George ’78) Ranville of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Dan (Kathy) Noerenberg of Elgin; one nephew, Danny Ranville; two nieces, Katy Ranville and Tracy (Tim) Ferriter; two grandnieces, Fiona and Nola Ferriter; and one grandnephew, Ronan.

Rodger Northuis '53 of Wyoming Mich., died on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. He was 81.

Rodger was born in Holland, Mich., on August 3, 1930 to Elmer (Betty) Northuis. At the age of 16 he became an Eagle Scout and won a trip to the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Paris, France. He graduated from Holland high school, Hope College, and the University of Michigan.

He served eight years in the Michigan National guard. His first job was teaching at Godwin Heights High School where he also coached varsity tennis, Next, he became principal and athletic director at Byron Center High School. His proudest achievement there was being one of the organizers of the O.K. League.

He continued his career with the Kent Intermediate School District where he became director of the College Avenue Skill Center. He retired in 1989 after 37 years of educational service. Rodg was a director of the Grand Rapids teachers Credit Union for 20 years He sang in church choirs for over 60 years and sang at many weddings. he was a lifetime member of TTCM and a charter member of the Grand Valley Travel Trailer Club. Also, he was a member of the Grand A's a Ford Model A Restorers Club. He enjoyed traveling in his 1928 Sports Coupe. His greatest joys were camping, hunting and fishing trips with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Elmer (Betty) Northuis; his brother, Kenneth Northuis; and brother-in-law, David Haverdink.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Arlene Beekman ’52 Northuis; children David (Barbara) Northuis, Steve (Kathy) Northuis; six grandchildren, including Danielle Northuis ’12; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Eunice Schipper ’52) Northuis ’55, Paul (Marsha) Northuis ’59; and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, Donald (Myrna) Beekman, Wayne(Shirley) Larsen, Carol Beekman ’91 Haverdink and Donna Northuis.

David Novaez '85 of the Town of Wheatland, Wis., died along with his wife, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 due to a motorcycle accident. He was 48.

He was born in St. Charles, Ill., on June 24, 1963, son of Anthony and Marion Novaez. He spent his early life in Dalton, Ill. He graduated from Illini Christian High School in Lansing. He received a bachelors degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and obtained his masters degree at National Lewis College.

He met his wife, Kristin singing with the Milwaukee Symphony Choir, a love they always shared. They were married on Dec. 27, 2003. He was teacher at Central High School in Salem, Wis., where he taught German. He was a classically trained pianist. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Waterford and was a former elder .

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves for over 12 years. He earned the tile of Captain, many of this students referred to him as Captain Novaez.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Novaez.

Survivors include his mother, Marion Novaez; parents-in-law, Jesse (Barbara) Tielens; sister-in-law, Cheryl Tielens; brother-in-law, Anthony (Robin) Tielens; and many nieces and nephews

Daniel Reeverts '74 of Arvada, Colo., died on Thursday, July 28, 2011. He was 59.

He was an art director in Los Angeles, Calif.

Survivors include his brothers; sisters; nieces and nephews.

Robert Schellenbergof Jenison, Mich., died on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. He was 89.

Robert was a graduate of Lee High School, Grand Rapids Junior College and the University of Michigan. He had a distinguished career as a certified public accountant, practicing as a partner in several local firms.

A World War II veteran, Robert served in the Navy on the Pacific fleet’s flagship, and was part of the team that broke the Japanese code. He also piloted landing craft during several invasions. Robert was active in the community as a Godfrey - Lee School board member, Kent County commissioner, member of the Kent Count Aeronautics Board, and served on the Hope College Board of Trustees.

He was a founding member of the Grand Rapids Economic Club and original South YMCA. Robert was a lifelong, active member of Eighth Reformed Church, and served as a youth group leader, deacon and elder. Bob was a generous, caring person who was always fully involved in family, friends, community, church, and school. After his retirement, Bob and Leona traveled the world and wintered in Florida. An active Rotary member, Bob exchanged Rotary flags with clubs in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Cairo, and Jerusalem. He was an avid golfer and diehard U of M football fan.

Survivors include his wife Leona Buikema Schellenberg; and his five children, Thomas (Joan Young), Nancy (Donald Brightman) Schellenberg ’71, Robert (Kathleen) Schellenberg Jr. ’73, Carol Schellenberg ’75 (Mike) Chase, and Ruth Schellenberg ’79 (Mike) Sprague; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Charles and Herman (Cheryl) Schellenberg; brother-in-law, Milo (Dorothy) Buikema; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert Schuiteman '50of Muskegon, Mich., and Essex Mass., died on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. He was 83.

When first asked if he’d like to visit the Cape Ann Area, Robert Schuiteman, affectingly known as “Bob” said “not interested” He was born in Muskegon, Mich., and frequented Lake Michigan, so he was already familiar with life on the water.

He graduated from Muskegon High School in 1946 finished his undergraduate work at Hope College in1950; earned his master’s degree and doctorate at University of Michigan. In the late 50’s, Bob visited Essex begrudgingly, but instantly fell in love with the seaside town. He took to sailing, fishing and exploring the north shore community.

In the mid-60’s Bob began working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the foreign student admissions director and left the Midwest to allow him to spend more time in his new found beach community. Bob also worked at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Middlesex Community College before returning to Michigan as the Associate Dean for the school of Business at Ferris State University.

In the 70s he purchased a cottage on Cape Ann where he took his children during summers for sailing, swimming and playing on Crane Beach. Bob has returned every summer, frequenting seafood restaurants, shops and sailing down the Essex River with his recognizable red sail. Bob’s love for music has been underscored through his life, including leading his own Big Band in Michigan, singing in Church choirs, including Ipswich Chorus - North Shore, and attending concerts at Tanglewood and Cape Ann jazz nights.

Bob traveled the world and visited over 100 countries during his lifetime including a frantic departure from Iran days before the hostage crisis began. Bob enjoyed an audience ready to tell stories of the past, share his favorite symphony or trip. But he was most proud of this summer cottage on the Essex River where he would invite his family and friends to come and to relax by the Sea.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul; and grandson, Alex.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Schuiteman; his sister, Janet Daniels; his three children, Laura Collins, David Schuiteman and Rick Schuiteman; step-children, Paul Schuiteman, Jr. and Phil Schuiteman; and 11 grandchildren.

Trevor Slot of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. He was 41.

Trevor was an enthusiast sports fanatic, and enjoyed cheering on the Wolverines, Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings. He adored his daughters, and all the precious time he shared with them. Trevor was a huge support as a husband and best friend to his wife, Kim.

Trevor was a devoted Police Officer with the Walker Police Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Jack and Suzanne Slot.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Huizen ’94 Slot; his children, Katelyn and Abigail Slot; his brother, Chris (Cari) Slot; sister Erika (Paul) TenEyck; and niece and nephew, Faith and Jackson TenEyck; parents in law, Craig ( Mary) Huizen; sister-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Jennifer (Kevin) Johnson; Todd ( Marissa) Huizen; nieces, Samantha and Audrey Huizen; and grandmother-in-law, Marilyn Poll.

Phyllis Steunenberg '59 of Orange City, Iowa, died on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. She was 76.

Phyllis was born July 2, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the daughter of the Rev. Henri and Agnes Steunenberg. She graduated from Boyden High School. she received her associate degree from Northwestern Junior College in Orange City, her bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and her master’s degree from Mankata (Minn.) State University.

She began her teaching career in Sanborn, Iowa, moving to Spencer, Iowa, and continuing for many wonderful year in Sheldon, Iowa Phyllis served as organist at Trinity Reformed Church, where she accompanied the choir during anthems and annual cantatas at Christmas and Easter. She was an avid sports fan, usually rooting for the underdog. She enjoyed picking more winners than anybody who would challenge her.

Her other love was her family and friends. She kept in contact with as many as she could, developing creative Christmas letters that people enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henri (Agnes) Steunenberg ’29.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth Steunenberg of Le Mars, Iowa; her brother, John Steunenberg of Sioux City; cousins and a wonderful group of friends.

Milo VanBeek '69 of Santa Ana, Calif., died on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. He was 65.

Milo was born in Linton, N.D. on February 13, 1946 to Raymond and Dorothy (Vander Vorst) Van Beek. He grew up in Westfield, N.D., enjoying horses, sports and rural life with his big extended family and community.

He held a 1961 district track record at Pollock High School for almost 50 years. When his father pursued his education the family moved to Ellendale, N.D. where Milo played varsity basketball and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1964. The family made a second move to Holland, Mich., where his father attended seminary and Milo began his college career at Hope College.

During his freshman year of college, an automobile accident changed the course of Milo’s life, leaving him a quadriplegic and in a wheelchair. His disability did not prevent him from finishing his education and after a long year of rehabilitation, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and was able to develop the skills that enable him to live independently. His search for a wheelchair accessible campus in 1970 took him to California where he earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in the areas of English, Speech Communication and Radio/Television at California State University Long Beach.

Milo’s 38-year career as a teacher inspired thousands students who enrolled in his ESL courses at the community colleges of Orange Count, Calif. His influence in their pursuits to be more independent was rewarding for him and he modeled for them, life-lessons in perseverance and the message that anything is possible. Following a hospitalization and complications related to his disability, Milo died at this home in Santa Ana, Calif. on August 18, 2011. surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Survivors include four brothers and sisters, Roger, Marcia (Jack Kaiser), Dorinda, and Paul (Laurie); and four nephews and nieces, John Kaiser, Margaret Kaiser, Christopher Van Beek and Carley Van Beek; his uncle, Harley and aunt Marion Vander Vorst; special cousin, Michael; many loving Van Beek and Vander Vorst cousins; and aunts, Darlene Vander Vorst, Eileen Besse and Yvonne Vander Vorst. Milo will also be missed by Kathy who played a major role in helping Milo find new purpose in life. Milo was loved by all who knew him for his winsome smile, his engaging personality, his unending efforts at independence and his love of the English Language. Milo lived life as though he were able-bodied, in such a way that others did not see him as disabled.

Frederick Vandermeer '63 of Schaumburg, Ill., formerly of Hackensack, N.J., died on Monday, June 13, 2011. He was 86.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving his country proudly during World War II as an aviation machinist. He received his master of divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary and served two Presbyterian churches in Colorado before returning to New Jersey where he was the pastor of Third Reformed Church and pastor emeritus of First Reformed Church both in Hackensack.

Fred was also a member of the V.F.W. post and Chaplin of the American Legion Post #55 in Hackensack. Pastor Fred as most people called him, had a love for people and a love for God. He gave generously to those in need and loved to invite people to church. He was a great storyteller and always had time for a good joke. He retired from ministry in 2009 and moved to Illinois where he lived with his daughter. His final years were spent making new friends and becoming an avid reader. He felt blessed by his family, wonderful friends, and God’s grace.

Survivors include his children, Sherry Vandermeer ’73 (Roger ’71) TenClay, Mark (Evie) Vandermeer and Christy (Robert Honcoop) Weygandt; 9 grandchildren and longtime friend and companion Sue Zeigler.

Alvin Vegter '39of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. He was 93.

He was born to Albert and Ida (Heeringa) Vegter on November 15, 1917.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Margaret Laman ’39 Vegter; and a brother, J. Robert Vegter ’41.

Survivors include his children, Albert (Jean) Vegter and Gretchen Bush; grandchildren, Christopher Vegter, Suzanne Vegter, Katrina Vegter, Megan (David) Diercks, and Jeffrey (Heather) Bush; and great-grandchildren, Anika Diercks and Nathan Bush.

Rosanna Atkins '45 Wallaceof Somerville, N.J., died on Thursday, April 7, 2011. She was 86.

Rosanna was born in Kinston. N.Y., and formally of New Paltz, N.Y. before moving to Somerville in 1959. Rosanna was employed at Somerville Middle School as a teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from State University of New York.

She was an active member of the United Reformed Church where she sang in the choir. Rosanna was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time at the Jersey shore. She was also a fan of the N.Y. Yankees.

She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew Wallace; and sister, Dorothy Atkins ’46 Dugan.

Survivors include her son, Donald (Therese) Wallace; daughter, Cheryl Wallace; and sister, Helen Juckett.