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April 2012 Obituaries

Levi Akker '51 (11/08/12)

Barbara Kooy '72 Bauer (2/6/12)

Elizabeth Goehner '36 Boven (2/15/12)

Jeanann Elgersma '65 Brandt (12/21/11)

Albert Bursma Jr. '59 (2/16/12)

Lawrence Buteyn '39 (5/21/09)

John Conatser '74 (8/15/11)

Charles Darocy '49 (1/21/11)

Lowell DeWeerd '49 (11/25/11)

Jack DeWitt '32 (1/6/12)

Peter DeYoung '63 (11/21/11)

Harold J. Dykema (12/18/11)

Nelson Dykema (2/10/12)

Kenneth Erickson '52 (2/17/12)

Donn Finn (11/27/11)

Adrian Geenen '52 (2/11/12)

Gene Goorman '50 (1/14/12)

Daniel Harkin II '90 (11/10/11)

Anna Herder '52 Holbrook (10/28/11)

Jantina Holleman (2/24/12)

Frank Horrocks '56 (8/17/11)

Stanley Joeckel '36 (2/11/12)

Rosalie Rietdyk '39 Johnson (12/31/11)

William Kisken '54 (1/2/12)

David Laman '36 (11/6/11)

Jack Leenhouts '38 (12/4/11)

Wayne Lemmen '43 (1/16/12)

Ruth Schuitema '41 Loeks (11/16/11)

Ken Louis '53 (11/20/11)

John MacQueen '50 (2/4/12)

Robert Mannes '63 (12/18/11)

Ann Elizabeth Watson '52 Mulder (11/6/11)

Simon Nagel '68 (11/9/11)

Barbara Emmick '60 Rank (10/16/11)

Alan Smith '65 (11/26/11)

Gertrude Young '39 Stewart (12/14/11)

Thomas Titus '63 (11/12/10)

Carl Van Farowe '53 (2/3/12)

Elton Van Pernis '48 (1/29/12)

Theodore Vandenberg '51 (1/15/12)

Lyle Vander Meulen '55 (12/9/11)

John VandenBos '59 (12/31/11)

Brent VanderKolk '97 (12/19/11)

Nelvie Vanderbilt '41 VanderWoude (11/20/11)

Norma Claus '38 VanDussen (12/31/11)

Persis Parker '44 VanWyk (12/4/11)

Jeane Walvoord '30 (12/4/11)

William Wheaton '63 (1/7/11)


Levi Akker 51 of Clinton, Iowa, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.He was 86.

Survivors include his wife, Myna Akker; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn (Bob) Michmerhuizen; son and daughter-in-law, Brian (Mary) Akker 79; three grandchildren; sister, Eunice Still; brother, Louis Akker; and stepchildren, Carey Peerbolt Japhet, Sally Peerbolt, Doug Peerbolt and Dona Peerbolt.


Barbara Kooy ’72 Bauer of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. She was 61.

Barb was raised in Lansing, Ill., and graduated from Hope College in 1972. She worked for Challenge Manufacturing in Holland as a purchasing agent.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Bill Bauer ’71; children, BJ Bauer and Rachel Bauer; brother, Kevin (Bonnie) Kooy; sisters and brother-in-law, Chris (Ron) Waltz and Sue Bauer.


Elizabeth Goehner ’36 Boven of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. She was 96.

Born in Flushing, N.Y. on July 14, 1915, to George and Mary Goehner, Betty, at age 17, traveled by train to Holland in 1932, to attend Hope College, earning her B.A. in English and History in 1936. From 1936-1940 she taught at the private Foxwood School in Flushing, N.Y.

Betty and Stanley Boven were married on September 7, 1940, in Flushing and made their home in Holland. She was a partner in the operation of Boven’s Store. In Addition, she substitute taught for many years for Holland Public Schools. She belonged to the P.E.O., Junior Welfare League, Women’s Literary Club, Martha Killen Hospital Guild, and her book club and was an honorary life-long member of Reformed Church Women.

As members of Third Reformed Church, Betty and her husband Stan were very active e and served in many capacities. Betty tirelessly served the sick and less fortunate among us and welcomed all. She loved her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She and Stan were loyal supporters of Hope College and known in the community as avid Hope basketball fans. Additionally, she was an ardent supporter of her grandchildren’s academic and athletic achievements. A voracious reader and student, she loved to travel, history and geography. One of her greatest pleasure was enjoying the beauty of Lake Michigan and sunsets at the family cottage.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Stanly Boven ’36, of Holland; her three children and their spouses, Douglas Boven of San Francisco, Calif., Richard (Sally) Boven of Marietta, Ga., Jean Goehner ’75 (Steve ’74) Norden of Dublin, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Libby) Boven of Holland, Phyllis Agnew of Vero Beach, Fla; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Anderson of Lindale, Texas; seven grandchildren, William (Mara) Norden ’04, Charles Norden, Pieter Norden ’11, Zachary Boven, Jessica Boven, Grace Boven and Brian Boven; one great-grandchild, Berend Stanley Norden; nieces and nephews all of whom she loved deeply. Her positive spirit, faithfulness and devotion, and infectious love of people will be missed by all.


Jeanann Elgersma 65 Brandt of Naples, Fla., died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. She was 68.

She was a devout Christian, wife, and mother with a passion for reading, gardening and giving freely of herself for others. Jean and Carl met at Hope College and married in 1965.

She taught English at Manchester High school while putting her husband thorough Medical School. After earning her Masters degree she taught English at Calvin College and Cornerstone University.

Jean provided unequivocal love, joy and guidance raising her four children. Throughout life, she put the interests and activities of others before hers. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading and music. Jean remained the epitome of elegance and grace despite her battle with cancer for over eight years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Peter and Janetta Elgersma; and granddaughter, Hannah Brandt.

Survivors include her husband Dr. Carl Brandt ’64; children, Martha Brandt ’92 (Greg ’93) Johnson, Chris (Laura Lange ’97) Brandt ’95, Joel (Sarah Keay ’98) Brandt ’97 and Robert (Gwen Veldhof ’99) Brandt ’99; eight grandchildren, Spencer, Madison, Grace, Katherine, Noah, Samantha, Isaac and Charles; her aunt, Hattie Dik; her siblings, Hang (Cleo) Elgersma and Arlene (Dick) Forbes; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Albert Bursma Jr. ’59 of Brewster, Mass., formerly of Sudbury, Mass., died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 of a massive intracranial hemorrhage. He was 74.

Al was born in Holland, Mich., and received his B.A. from Hope College, Mich. And received his M.A. from University of Redlands, Calif. He was well respected in the educational publishing industry and had a successful ad illustrious career retiring from Houghton Mifflin in 2004 as President of the School Division.

His commitment to educational opportunity and resources for all students was evident from his early years as a high school teacher. Al was very active until the end enjoying family, friends, and travel.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Brink ’58 Bursma; their daughter, Jane Bursma ’84 (Michael) McDonald, McLean, Va.; their son, James (Amy Dice ’89) Bursma ’87, Sudbury, Mass as well as his beloved grandchildren, Matt and Topher McDonald, Cassie and Jessie Bursma; brother Frederick (Donna) Bursma, Clearwater, Fla.; sisters, Lillian Tinholt, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Patricia Levy, San Diego, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Lawrence Buteyn 39 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Thursday, May, 21, 2009. He was 91.

He was born in Fond du Lac County, Wis., but had been a resident of Muskegon for 68 years. He came to Muskegon to marry Georgia Lindberg, his bride for 56 years. She preceded him in death in 1997.

Larry served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and worked for CWC Textron, first in engineering then in purchasing for over 50 years.

He will be remembered by friends from Forest Park Covenant Church where he was a member for over 68 years and by the residents and staff of Seminole Shores Living Center where he lived for the last year and a half.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Buteyn.

Survivors include his son, Bruce (Carol) Buteyn; his daughter, Pamela Buteyn ‘68 (Richard) Haferman; grandchildren, Mike (Terri) Alstrom, Malia (Barbara Reichert) Alstrom, Timothy (Stephanie) Buteyn, Randi (Wayne) Barkus; great grandchildren, Faith Alstrom, Logan, Alyssa, and Sawyer Closs, Kai Alstrom-Reichert; and sisters, Kay DeBoer and Phyllis (Don) Ameele.


  John Conatser 74 of Chicago, Ill., died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. He was 59.

He was a comptroller for men’s fragrance company for nearly 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Conatser; children, Nicole (Brian) Roth and Graham Conatser.

Charles Darocy 49 of Prudenville, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. He was 84.

Born July 28, 1926, in New York City, he was the son of the Rev. Alexander and Irene Daroczy.

He served in the United States Army in the 399th Infantry Division as a Sergeant where he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during World War II.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1949; obtained a masters of Divinity from Princeton Seminary in 1952 and he was ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry in June of 1952. He was a pastor at Duryea Church in Brooklyn, NY; Bedford Park Presbyterian Church in Bronx, N.Y.; Michigan Reformed church in Allen Park; Crossroads in Walled Lake and White Lake and was the organizing Pastor for Kirk of the Lakes, Houghton Lake, where he retired from active ministry Nov. 30, 1989.

He would continue to preach in Lake Huron Presbytery Churches after his retirement when called upon. He also served on the Northern Michigan Health Services Board; the United Way; Commission on Aging; Community Corrections Chair; treasurer for the Houghton Lake Public Library and on The Community Mental Health Board.

He married Adele Giardina, who survives him on March 10, 1970.

Survivors are his wife, Adele Darocy; daughters, Susan (Michael Bartell) Healy, Carolyn (Vincent) Tillona and Carla Terry Darocy; grandchildren, Anjou (Lane) Gerhardt, Elaine and Carolyn Healy, Karen and James Kleimann and Robert E. Mayfield III; great-grandchildren, Sadie and Jake Gerhardt; sister, Irene C. Hutton; nephews, Paul and Peter Hutton; nieces, Elaine (Richard) Woodward and Jane Hutton and cousins, Laszio (Ildiko) Olchvary and Judith (Louis) Szado.


Lowell DeWeerd ’49 of Tucson, Ariz., died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was 88.

Born Dec. 29, 1922, to John and Allie DeWeerd, of Holland. The family moved to Tucson in 1958 from Michigan. Bud earned a B.A. in Education (Hope College and M.A. in Counseling (UA) He taught at Amphi High school and was a counselor at CDO HS retiring in 1983 to travel.

He served in the army Air Corps in North Africa, the Middle East and flew the hump. Bud was a playful, caring, devoted husband. He never boasted and all listened carefully to him. He loved to build things while listening to big-ban music. He was clam, brave, respectful; a true gentleman to the very end.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Betty Jane (Spaulding), daughters, Nancy (Stephen Pompea) Regens, Barbara (Jim) Bray, Pamela Kahn; grandchildren, Cynthia Regens, Bradley Regens (Victoria), Kimberly Bray-Johnson (Christopher), Kelly Hilkemeyer Taylor (Scott), Ginger Bray, Jamie Hernandez (Don); 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. He also is survived by numerous nephews and nieces in the Holland area.

Peter DeYoung 63 of Berkeley Heights, N.J., died on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. He was 69.

He was born in Chicago, grew up in Holland and graduated from Hope College. After Hope, Peter went on to graduate from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Systems Analysis and then began working for Bell Laboratories in Whippany, N.J.

He finished his career in computer time sales and computer consulting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Anjean DeYoung; and a brother, Harold Wayne DeYoung.

Survivors include his brother, William and Kathleen DeYoung of Mina, S.D.; sister-in-law, Dianne DeYoung of Holland; and several nieces and nephews.


Jack (Jacob) H. DeWitt ’32 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. He was 100.

He was born Jan. 30, 1911 in Grand Rapids, the son of Dingeman and Tryntje Dewitt. His early years were spent in Zeeland where he attended school at the New Groningen one-room schoolhouse. Allegan County’s Laketown Township, where he learned the business of agriculture and cultivated a sold work ethic.

From an early age, he was recognized as a natural-born salesman and visionary who possessed an eternal optimism about the nature of people and business. Jack, along with his brother Dick, founded big Dutchman Inc., a world-wide supplier of automatic poultry equipment now headquarter in Germany.

In 1962, the company was the recipient of a service award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for contributions to foreign trade. Recognition from the federal government was forthcoming again in 1964. When the presidential “E” award was presented for the company’s outstanding contribution to the U.S. Export Expansion Program.

Big Dutchman was the first company in the poultry industry to receive the award. Throughout Big Dutchman’s evolution, Jack was known as the company’s cheerleading chief, who took every opportunity to promote products and fire up the sales team with his “keep selling” mantra.

On one of his many overseas trips, Jack met his wife, Marlies, in 1966, in Germany. After selling Big Dutchman in 1968, Jack and Dick received the distinguished Service to Agriculture award from Michigan State University.

Not ready to retire, Jack went on to invest in Biotec Inc.; a Zeeland based manufacture of operatory furnishing and equipment for dental offices. Jack’s role at Biotec also included a stint as owner/operator and continued with his service on the company’s board of directors and as part-owner.

Jack was a steadfast supporter of Hope College in Holland, where he began studies at the age of 12 at Hope Preparatory School, a tuition-based high school on Hope’s campus. After high school, Jack continued his education at Hope College, where he graduated in 1932 with a major in history. It was there where he developed a lifelong love of music, literature, and especially poetry. He was a long-time president of the colleges Second Century Club and often delighted its members when he spoke in Dutch to begin his speeches. Jack was a recipient of the college’s Distinguished Alumnus award in 1974 and a principal donor in the construction of the DeWitt student and Cultural Center on Hope’s campus.

Jack had a special love for Zeeland, and he lived in his home on Central Avenue for over 60 years. A frequent contributor too many projects in the area, Jack was regarded as one of Zeeland’s leading citizens. He was a charter member of the Zeeland Lions Club, and a member of Second Reformed Church in Zeeland, where he served as an elder.

Jack served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. As designated Officer of the Day for the Zeeland Memorial Day parades, he is remembered for these touching words: “these flowers will fade, but the spirit in which they are given shall live forever.”

Survivors include his wife, Marlies DeWitt; four children, Karen DeWitt, Tom ( April) DeWitt ’90, Sabina DeWitt ’92 (Andrew ’91) Otteman, and John DeWitt; 11 grandchildren, David Noriega, SatKaur Ramos, Guruka Osorio, Jacob, Monika, Warren, Alex and Jeffrey DeWitt, Christian, Charles (C.J.) and Marlies Otteman; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Marianne Tarr and Betty DeWitt; and many nieces and nephews.


Harold Dykema 62 of Eau Claire, Wis., died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. He was 71.

He wrote: “I was born on January 15, 1940, to John and Jennie (Kloosterman) Dykema in Holland Township, north of Holland. I attended the one room Townline School near Zeeland and graduated from Zeeland High School in 1958.

I attended Hope College for two years and graduated with a BA degree from the University of Michigan in 1962. I attended Western Theological Seminary during 1962 and1963 and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1966.

I began practice with Dr. L.S. Frondal in eau Claire, Wis., in Feb. 1967 and practiced in the same location on South Hastings Way for 40 years, retiring in 2007.

I was a member of the American Chiropractic Association for over 40 years and a very involved member o the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA). I served as Northwest District Secretary and President t and also served on the WCA Board of Directors for six years, two years as Secretary and two years as President.

I was a founding member of the Chippewa Valley Chiropractic Alliance. I was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of eau Claire, Wis. Serving as an Elder Church School Teacher, Choir Member, the Pastoral Calling Committee, Vacation Bible School staff and Treasurer of the Celebration Fund for many years. I was an Elder Representative to the Chippewa Presbytery and served as Vice-Moderator and Moderator.

I was also a member and served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Eau Claire Association for the Developmentally Disabled. My hobbies included serving as financial agent and president of Knollwood Condominiums in Altoona, Wis., gardening, hunting, bicycling, reading and Sudoku.

I married Nelva Helder in August of 1962, and we had three children, Kenneth (Karin Rohm), from College Station, Texas, Daniel (Stephanie), from Sully, Iowa, and Janet (Paul) Seymour, from Eau Claire, Wis. I am survived by my wife, Nelva, and my children and grandchildren, Dahlia Rohm, Emily and William Dykema, and Thomas, Logan and Sadie Seymour; my brother, Roger (Belva) from Holland and my sister, Lois Dykema ’67 (George) Sharpe from Saint Marys, Ohio.

I am predeceased by my parents, John and Jennie Dykema.


Nelson Dykema ’50 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. He was 86.

He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army. After the war he graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s degree and Michigan State University with a master’s degree.

Nelson’s teaching career spanned 25 years. In the summer, during 16 of those years, he was a park ranger at Higgins Lake State Park. After his retirement from teaching, Nelson worked at Herman Miller for 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline Dykema in 2003; and his son, Larry Dykema, in 1978.

Survivors include his children, Mary Dykema ’73 of Zeeland, John (Marjorie) Dykema ’77, of Portage, and William (Debra) Dykema ’79, of Newburgh, Ind.; in-laws, Richard (Gloria) Smith of Muskegon and Edna Fuder, of Holland; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


Kenneth Erickson 52 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. He was 80.

Ken was born on March 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Henry and Isabel Erickson. He received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and Master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. Ken was employed by the Redford Union School District, where he served as school superintendent before retiring in 1992.

Ken was also president of Redford Township Chamber of Commerce. He served in the United States Army with distinction, earning the Bronze Star Medal with Valor in Korea.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty Erickson, in 2008.

Survivors include his children; Jeffrey (Rosemary) Erickson, of Holland, Brent (Marcia) Erickson, of Williamston, and Bradley (Fiona) Erickson, of Clarkston; eight grandchildren, Bryan, Michael, Jason, Nicole, Kelsey, Colin, Aidan and Reagan; sisters, Lois (David) Brenner, of Oneonta, N.Y. and Carol MacKenzie (Richard Lane) of Williamsburg, V.A.; in-laws, Joyce Martinus, of Muskegon, Roger (Ruth VandenBerg ’58) Borr ’58, of Holland, and Marsha (Paul ’59) Northuis, of Holland.

Donn Finn of Sonoma, Calif., died on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. He was 74.

Donn was a member of the Hope faculty from 1967 to 1981. He was instrumental in launching the Hope theatre department in 1968 and was one of the founders of the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.

After leaving Hope, Donn held a faculty position with the theatre program at California State University, Fullerton, until his retirement in 2011. He also worked closely with his wife, Mali, who was a prominent casting director in Hollywood. She died in 2007.

Donn always maintained close contact with friends at Hope and in the Holland area. He spent several summers on his sailboat in Macatawa and returned to Hope occasionally to conduct workshops on auditioning for film and film acting.

Donn is survived by his second wife, Chizuko, his son David, daughter-in-law Amy, and two grandchildren, Ava and Jack, as well as extended family.


Adrian Geenen 52 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. He was 84.

Mr. Geenen served in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces. Returning home, he attended Hope College and graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science.

He was the founder of A.C. Geenen Construction, now known as GDK Construction. Committed to his family and their education, he supported the Holland Christian Schools and served on the school board. He was an active member in Pillar Church and served many years as an elder.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Vander Ploeg Geenen, in 1985. Adrian’s wife, Gloria DeVries, passed away in 2009.

Survivors include his children Mary Jo Steele, of Estes Park, Colo., Laurie (Tim) Dekker, of Holland, Chuck (Julie) Geenen, of Holland, Carol (Bob) Buteyn, of Eden Prairie, Minn., Judy (Jody) Myaard, of Holland and Jane (Peter) Van Rijs, of Hudsonville; a step-daughter, Sally (Mark) Overway of Holland; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sophie (Jim) Hamberg, Marie (Don) DeVries and Cornelia (Don) Dokter, all of Holland; one brother, John (Louise) Geenen, of Cape Coral, Fla.; sister-in-law, Ann Geenen and brother-in-law, Pete Beyer, both of Holland.


Gene Goorman 50 of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. He was 83.

He was a graduate of Zeeland High school, Hope College and Loyola University dental School in Chicago. Gene loved to golf and vacation in Florida and he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Goorman; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Johanna Goorman, and his parents, John and Gertie Goorman.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Hazel Van Slooten, of Holland, and many nieces and nephews.


Word has been received of the death of Daniel Harkin II ’90 of Flushing, N.Y., who died on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. He was 44.

Anna Herder ’52 Holbrook of Bridgewater, N.J., died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. She was 81.

Born in Three Bridges on April 7, 1930, she was the daughter of Chester H. and Emma Gould Herder. She had resided in the Somerville area since 1989. She was a 1948 graduate of Flemington High school and a 1952 graduate of Hope College, Holland, Mich.

She married the Rev. Joseph Holbrook in 1953, and served with him in churches in New Jersey, Chicago, Brooklyn and Denver. Active in Reformed Church Women’s Ministries, she was former president of the Synod West of the Reformed Church Women’s Ministries and former member of its executive board.

She was formerly a national coordinator and facilitator for Women in Leadership seminars; served as a seminar and retreat leader and was a devotional speaker for women’s groups. She was a longtime volunteer for food programs, homeless, and church programs, especially Habitat for Humanity. The Interfaith Hospitality Network and The Samaritan Homeless of Somerville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Holbrook.

Survivors include her two daughters, Harriett (David) Lui and Sarah (W. Allen Scheuch) Holbrook ’83; a son, Taylor (Cathleen Bast ’82) Holbrook ’80; two brothers, Robert Herder and C. Edward Herder; and grandchildren, including Hilary Holbrook ’09 and Sarah Holbrook ’11.


Jantina Holleman of Holland, Michigan, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012. She was 91.

Jantina was born July 22, 1920 in Springfield, South Dakota, to James Holleman and Jantina Cornelia Prins Alingh Holleman. She attended Kirkwood Country School and graduated from Springfield High School in 1937. Jantina attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1937-1938 receiving her teaching diploma from Southern State College, Springfield, SD in 1939. From 1939-1941 she taught first and second grade in Reliance, SD, then taught first and second grade for two years in Avon, SD.

Jantina then went back to school at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received her bachelor's degree in liberal arts and music. She then taught music at Sioux Center High School, Iowa.In 1945, Jantina attended Columbia University in New York City where she received her master's degree in music/piano performance. Upon completion, Jantina joined the faculty of the music department at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Jantina performed regularly in Hope faculty recitals and concerts until her emeritation in 1987 after 41 years of service to Hope College.Twice during her career Jantina was able to travel Europe to additionally study music at the Conservatory in Amsterdam in 1952 and later in Hungary.In 1998,

Jantina moved from her home in Holland, to the retirement community of Freedom Village. She was a faithful member of Third Reformed Church of Holland where she served as an elder, the first woman to hold this office in the Third Reformed congregation.

She is survived by her twin brother James William Holleman and his wife Janine of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, her nieces and nephew, Catherine Branch of Providence, R.I., Francoise Degnan of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., James Alan Holleman of Jackson, Mich., grand-nephew and niece Kellen and Janey Degnan also of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.


Frank Horrocks 56 of Enon, Ohio, died on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. He was 78.

Stanley Joeckel 36 of Vero Beach, Fla., died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. He was 97.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Vero Beach since 1994, coming from Wayne, N.J. He worked as a mechanical engineer for American Fused Quartz, N.J., and was the co-owner of Infrared systems of Riverdale, N.J., which was later known as IREX Corp. of Paterson, N.J. He retired after 30 years.

He was a member of the Christian Business Men’s Committee, Wayne, N.J.; Pompton Reformed Church, Pompton Lakes, N.J.; Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church; and Westminster Presbyterian Church, both of Vero Beach.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College, Holland, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Fern Corteville ’38 Joeckel; and brother, Robert Joeckel.

Survivors include his daughters, Beverly Joeckel ’62 (Kurt ’63) VanGenderen of Vero Beach and Holland, Mich., and Anita Joeckel ’66 of Pompton Lakes, N.J., three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Rosalie Rietdyk 39 Johnson of Spring Lake, Mich., died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. She was 95.

She was born to the late Leonard and Agnes (Boersma) Rietdyk on March 8, 1916 in Muskegon. Rosalie attended Hope College.

She married Howard Johnson on March 28, 1941 in Muskegon. He passed away October 21, 2010.

Rosalie enjoyed playing golf and bridge. She was a member of the Spring Lake County Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Johnson; her son Brad Johnson; and her sister, Kathryn Barnes.

Survivors include Carole (Rich) Blazek; three grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Cone.


William Kisken ’54 of La Crosse, Wis., died on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. He was 79.

He was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., on June 2, 1932, to Caroline and William Kisken. At an early age Bill learned the value of hard work becoming the youngest paper boy in Tarrytown; for all of his life, the highest praise he could bestow on any person was to call him/her a very hard worker.

He attended public schools in Tarrytown and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. At Hope College he met Mary Jane Rietveld and they were married in 1956. Bill graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School in 1958 and interned at Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was a surgical resident oat the University of Minnesota and then moved to Madison to finish his residency at the University of Wisconsin. After completion of his residency, he was awarded an NIH fellowship to study the genetics of kidney transplantation. In 1965 he performed the first cadaver kidney transplant and later the first living donor transplant in the state of Wis.

He was also instrumental in developing a plan for organ donation and presented it to Governor Warren P. Knowles of Wis., who approved and enacted the plan which is in effect today. His successes with kidney transplants led to employment at Gundersen Lutheran Clinic, where he started a transplantation program and initiated a surgical residency program which he headed for many years.

For 22 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Gundersen Clinic; in addition, he started an obesity surgery program, developed a nutrition program an authored, or co-authored more than sixty articles which were published in the medical literature.

He entered retirement in 1997 with his usual gusto and learned to carve beautiful wood songbirds and ducks which won blue ribbons in completion. He took art classes at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and added abstracts and landscapes to his growing collection of original paintings. He also audited history courses at UW-L and became known among the professors as an avid student who embellished classes with interesting and difficult questions.

As a founder and participant in the Men’s Monday Morning bible Study at English Lutheran Church, he also kept the discussions lively and deep. He researched thoroughly topics of interest to him such as questions of theology, the debate between science and religion and the ethics of genetic manipulation. He wrote paper on this subject and presented them to interested groups of people.

Although Bill gave his heart and soul to each of this endeavors, he had time for fun. He enjoyed golf and skiing with family and friends. He had a fine sense of humor and a quick wit which entertained and delighted those around him.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Jane Rietveld ’55 Kisken; his sons, William (Susan) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Peter Kisken ’83 of La Crosse, Wis., and Tom (Lisa) Kisken of Ventura, Calif.; a daughter, Sara (Douglas) French of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Sawyer and Ann Kisken, and William and Abigail French; brother, Robert Kisken ’59; sister, Catherine (Frank) Hare; brother-in-law, Charles (Marie) Rietveld and William (Barbara) Rietveld; and numerous nieces and nephews.


David Laman ’36 of Pella, Iowa, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. He was 97.

He was born in Baldwin, Wis., on October 10, 1914. He graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. He married Lois Lohuis and together they served churches in Grant, Michigan, Muskegon, Michigan, Maurice Iowa, Oskaloosa, Iowa, Artesia, California, Carmel, Iowa, Paramount California, and Ripon, California.

He served as a pastor in the Reformed Church in America for seventy years.

Survivors include his five children, Edie (Jim) Van Maanen, Duane (Sheryl) Laman, Jim (Judy) Laman, Ruth (John) DeLeeuw and Marcia (Allen) DeKock; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.


Jack Leenhouts ’38 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. He was 95.

Born in Holland in 1916, Jack attended elementary and high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Hope College in 1938. In 1942, he married Thelma Kooiker.

He served with the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Upon returning to Holland In 1951, he was employed at Scott-lugers Lumber Company. In 1963, Jack became Treasurer and Personnel Office for the City of Holland serving until his retirement in 1983.

He was a member and Chair of the Holland board of review and received a resolution form the Holland city council in August, 2011., presented by the City Manager and the Mayor honoring his total of 53 years of service to the city.

Jack was an active member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, where he was a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School superintendent, elder and vice-president and clerk of Consistory. He was a member of exchange Club, a volunteer at Evergreen Commons, delivered Meals on Wheels and participated in tennis in the Senior Olympics with his wife, winning numerous medals.

Jack’s eternal optimism is expressed when eh wrote, “The greatest day of your life is today, right here, right now.”

He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Thelma Kooiker ’39 Leenhouts; and his four children, Thelma (Tommye) Leenhouts ’66 of Washington, D.C., John (Roberta) Leenhouts ’69 of Spring Lake, James Leenhouts ’73 and Jane (Bruce) Patterson of Holland; eight grandchildren, Lauran and Andrew Leenhouts, and Melanie and Mike VerDuin of Grand Haven, Amy and Brent Harrill of Sausalito, Calif., Lisa and Joe Leenhouts-Martin of Geneva, Switzerland, Angela Leenhouts of Chicago, Julie and Sarah Patterson of Holland; and four great-grandchildren, Elliott Leenhouts, Peter, Lily and Amelia VerDuin.


Wayne Lemmen ’43 of Traverse City, Mich., died on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. He was 90.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, in Holland to Raymond B. and Theresa (Huyser) Lemmen. Following graduation from Holland High school in 1939, he completed studies at Hope College and Western Theological Seminary.

On May 22, 1044, while a seminary student, he married Carleen Stroop who preceded him in death on March 21, 2011.

During his 38 years as a full-time pastor, Rev. Lemmen ministered to six congregations: Atwood (now Belltower) Reformed in Atwood; American Reformed in Hull, Iowa; Hingham Reformed in Hingham, Wis.; Home Acres Reformed in Grand Rapids; Glen Lake community reformed near Burdickville (Glen Arbor) and Ebenezer Reformed in Morrison, Ill. Upon retirement in 1985, he and Carleen relocated to Traverse City where he also served for a brief time on the staff of Faith reformed church as visitation pastor.

In his early retirement years, he and Carleen enjoyed gardening, as well as winter traveling and maintaining many friendships. Wayne’s life was characterized by a profound love for God and for people. His compassion touched the lives of many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond (Theresa) Lemmen ’19; his wife of 66 years, Carleen Stroop ’45 Lemmen.

Survivors include his children, David (Carol) Lemmen, Lois DeHart, Rhoda Lemmen ’75 (Dan) Cronin and Thomas (Debra) Lemmen; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings (Irving Lemmen, Shirley Lemmen ‘45 Kammeraad and Douglas Lemmen.

Ruth Schuitema ’41 Loeks of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. She was 92.

Ruth was born August 16, 1919 at 107 Lowell Avenue and was a lifetime resident and booster of Grand Rapids. She was the eldest daughter of Jake and Meta Schuitema and attended Central High School and Hope College.

Ruth was the beloved wife of Jack, fun sister of Myrtle and great mother of John, Meria, Lannie and Jim. Ruth is remembered for her strong commitment to philanthropic causes that enriched the lives of so many. She served in leadership positions in Paws with a Cause, Babies Welfare, Camp Blodgett, the Mel Trotter Mission, Jellema House at Pine Rest and supported the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, in addition to providing tutoring and personal guidance and support to needy children Grand Rapids and Mackinac Island, Michigan and In Florida.

Ruth’s many circles of loyal friend extend from childhood to her last years, encompassing a diverse and devoted group whom she enjoyed in her many varied occupations.

She was a devoted Christian and member of LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church and was also a founding member of Christ Church on Breton. Road. Ruth was active in Jack Loeks Theatres, and she and Jack travelled the world in their spare time. In addition, Ruth was a wonderful teacher, gardener, cook, interior designer, knitter and fashionista.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Loeks Sr.; and grandson, Caleb.

Survivors include her children, John (Mary) Loeks; Meria (Erik Craig) Loeks, Lannie (Chris Clemens) Loeks and Jim (Barrie) Loeks; ten grandchildren, Ari Gilder, Yasha and Noah Long; J.D. and Emily Loeks, Kristin Jackson, Jenna, Jake and Chloe Clemens and Jamie Loeks; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Eliza, Liam, Elijah, Joshua, Johanna, Isaac and Sydney. The family wishes to give special thanks to Jo Bras, Jan Winters, Ginny DeMaagd, Trudy Royce, Jennifer Contreras and all of Ruth’s devote caregivers including Joy Philips, Amber Sterkenberg, Rae Ayer and Benjamin Bras.

Ken Louis ’53 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. He was 78.

Ken was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Kalamazoo, to John and Henrietta Louis. Ken graduated from State High School, Hope College and Western Michigan University.

He married Anne VanderBrook in 1953. In 1953, he started teaching in the Zeeland school system and he retired as a principal 33 years later in 1986. Ken was the music director and organist for the Children’s Bible Hour from 1956-1995, and a longtime member and organist at First Baptist church of Zeeland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, in 1989; and his grandson, Kevin Bruins in 2011.

Survivors include his children, Fred (Kathy) Louis, Jane (Jerry) Schwabauer, and Mary Bricker; grandchildren, Julie (Darren) VandeZande, Emily ouis ’03 Bruins, Kim Louis ’07, Ryan Louis, Adam Schwabauer ‘08 and Eric Schwabauer, Curtis, Travis, and Brianne Bricker; six great-grandchildren; brother, Warren Louis; and sister-in-law, Marion Louis.

John Macqueen ’50 of Hastings, formerly of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. He was 82.

He was a graduate of Hope College and the General Motors Institute. Besides being a devoted husband and father, John was a contributing member of the Holland community where he worked for Decker and then DeNooyer Chevrolet for over 60 years.

He also served as a school board ember of the West Ottawa Public School District and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Harter Macqueen, and sister, Katherine Macqueen ’49 Howell.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Shirley Macqueen; children, David (Mary) Macqueen, Jim (Michelle) Visser, Michael (Kim) Ter Vree, Greg Macqueen and Gary Snyder, Jeff ( Maureen Macqueen, Todd (Kelley) Macqueen, and Troy (Robin) Macqueen; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Bob Mannes ’63 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. He was 71.
Bob was born December 29, 1939 in Holland to Glenn (Edythe Boeve) Mannes.

Bob was a member of Christ Memorial Reformed Church, and throughout his life he also served as both an elder and deacon in the Christian reformed Church. He graduated from Holland Christian Schools and Hope College and served in the army National Guard Reserves. Bob spent his professional career as an independent oil and gas producer and was one of the youngest Presidents elected to serve the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

He also served on various boards and provided fundraising leadership to organizations such as Camp Roger, Trinity Christian College, Wildlife Unlimited and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Chuck Mannes, and infant daughter, Sharon Mannes.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 year, Rose (Jousma) Mannes; children and grandchildren, Bob (Kristin) Mannes (Kathy, Kevin and Kelli) of Traverse City, Dan (Tonya) Mannes (Weston and Nolan), of Zeeland, Suzanne (Dean) VanderZee (Case, Luke, Shane and Grant) of Holland; siblings, Jeanne and Kelly DeWys, Tom and Bonnie Brandsma ’69 Mannes and Paul and Dotty VanDrunen ’85, all of Holland; in-laws, Ed and Max Jousma, of Holland, Phil and Scott Reyburn of Spring Lake, Irn and Karen Jousma of Jenison, and Pat and Dan Vos of Bellflower, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Nicki Mannes ’95 Chandler and Danielle Mannes ’99 DeSmit.

Ann Elizabeth “Betty” Watson ’52 Mulder of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. She was 81.

Born March 10, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., she was the only child of Willard Roden Watson and Elaine Jenkins Watson. She was a resident of the Holland and Saugatuck area since 1947, and married Warren Mulder in 1976.

She graduated from South Shore High school in Chicago and attended Holland Business Institute in 1947; she graduated from Hope College with a BA in English in 1952. In 1958, she graduated from Northwestern University with an MA in Educational Psychology.

She taught Spanish in the Holland and Saugatuck Public Schools, Hope College, and West Ottawa Community Education for over 42 years. She was a member of the Michigan Education Association, the Holland Historical Trust, the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, the Hope Alumni Society for Professionals, the Saugatuck Women’s club, and many other organizations.

She played Mrs. Fezziwig in Saugatuck’s Dickens’ Christmas Carol, and Betsy Ross in Saugatuck’s Fourth of July parade for many years. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, photography, and learning more about computers. Betty and Warren traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

She taught Spanish in the Holland and Saugatuck Public Schools, Hope College, and West Ottawa Community Education for over 42 years. She taught at Hope from 1968 to 1970.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Warren Mulder.

Survivors include her cousins, Charles Erber and Kathryn Erber; and step-children, Bruce Mulder, Joan Nagelkirk, Brent Mulder; grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Dennis Mulder and Ruth Hollebeek.


Simon Nagel ’68 of Glen Ellyn, Ill., passed away peascefully on Nov. 9, 2011. at the age of 70, surrounded by his loving family.

Son of the late Geert and Dieuwke Nagel. Beloved husband of Grace. Loving father of Paul (Tricia). Proud Grandpa "Papa" of Sarah and Derek. Brother of the late Cor (Gerda), sruvived by brothers John (Sheila), Luke (Ava).

Simon was born in Minnertsga Friesland, Netherlands. He imigrated with his family in 1951 to settle in Exeter Ontario. Simon served as Pastor and Associate Pastor of two churches in the Grand Rapids area. He managed and supervised at multiple printing plants in the Chicago Area.


Barbara Emmick ’60 Rank of Plano, Texas, died in Vinaros, Spain on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. She was 73.

After graduating from Hope College (magna Cum Laude) in 1960 and doing graduate work in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, she and her husband spent a year in Madrid, Spain, as Fulbright Scholars.

Subsequently, Barbara helped coordinate the undergraduate Spanish language program as well as coordinating the Spanish teacher education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught Spanish briefly at Notre Dame University.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara (John) Emmick.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Rank, daughter Catherine Rank de Batiste-Redo (Enrique) daughter, Sarah Maynard (David); seven grandchildren; and sister Sara Olsen.

Alan Smith ’65 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. He was 67.

Al was born in Grand Rapids on Dec. 5, 1943. He graduated from Hope College in 1965 and proceeded to Wayne State University where he received his law degree. From law school he spent his entire career as a partner with strain Murphy, and VanderWal one of the oldest law firms in Grand Rapids.

The last five years of practicing he was also a magistrate for the 63rd district until he was unable to practice due to illness. Al was a world traveler who loved to travel with his family and friends in search of the perfect sunset.

A vivacious reader and student of religion and philosophy Al was a wealth of knowledge and never lacked for stimulating conversation. He possessed an uncanny ability to recall almost any sports fact or game long past.

He was preceded in death by his father, John A. Smith.

Survivors include his 101 year old mother, Martha Smith of Grand Rapids; wife of 44 years, Jean Smith; his son, Scott Alan Smith of Denver , Colo.; his daughter, Shelly (Daniel) Fuller of East Grand Rapids; two grandchildren, Caden Alan Fuller and Grayson Fuller; Uncle Dale and Jane Goris of Sarasota, Fla.

Gertrude Young ’39 Stewart of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. She was 94.

She was born in Grand Rapids, graduated from Holland High school and Hope College, Trudy married Bruce Stewart in 1942, while Bruce was serving in the United States Air Force.

After the war they moved to Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, where she taught kindergarten in the Grosse Pointe School System. Upon retiring in Holland, they became members of First Presbyterian church and became involved in HASP and Evergreen Commons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Stewart in 1993.

Survivors include a son, Bruce Stewart and his wife Kay Stewart of Ada, Mich.; daughter, Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, and her husband, James Ponitz of Holland; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Thomas Titus ’63 of Tarpon Springs, Fla., died on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. He was 69.

Tom lived in Tampa before moving to Pinellas County several years ago. He was a sales manager for a packaging company.

Tom served in the Army during the Vietnam era.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Titus,; sons, Jay (Amy) Titus and Stephen (Kristen) Titus; brother, Lee (Joanna) Titus; and three grandchildren.

Carl Van Farowe ’53 of Waukee, Iowa, died on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 from complications from a fall.

Carl Henry Van Farowe was born on May 22, 1931 in Williamson, N.Y. to the late Rev. Richard J. and Nellie (Pyle) Van Farowe. He grew up and graduated from high school in Portage, Mich.

He attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where he earned his BA in 1953, and participated in choir and track and field where he excelled in the high hurdles. In 1956, he obtained his Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary and was married to Meryl K. Gowens. Rev. Van Farowe ministered in Reformed Churches in Southgate, Mich., and Tampa, Fla., before becoming the senior pastor of Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines in 1968.

In subsequent years he was employed by Preferred Risk Mutual Insurance Company and served as interim pastor of Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren in Des Moines, during this time he was also actively involved in the work of the Bethel Mission men’s shelter and the movie evangelism Mark IV Pictures.

He retired in 1998 after 42 years of full-time, professional ministry but continued to remain active as the mister to Senior Adults at Meredith Drive Reformed Church and as a guest preacher in numerous churches and retirement communities throughout central Iowa. He could frequently be found ministering to the needs of those in Des Moines area hospitals nursing homes and hospice.

Rev. Van Farowe served on the board of directors of the Valley View Village, was an active member of the Evangelical Chaplain Ministries and volunteer for International Cooperating Ministries. He enjoyed paling the piano, singing hymns, attending local college and high school sporting events and visiting his children and grandchildren in Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Meryl “Kay” Gowens ’56 Van Farowe; and parents Richard (Nellie Pyle ‘39) Van Farowe ’24.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia ( Tammas Kelly) Van Farowe; his sons, Paul (Nancy) Van Farowe and John Van Farowe; four grandchildren; and brother, George (Dorothy Winstrom ’57) Van Farowe ’55.


Elton Van Pernis ’48 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. He was 95.

He was born on May 3, 1916, in Wellpinit, Wash. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of Major.

He graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. He served on the Board of Trustees at Hope College from 1956-1963. Elton served as pastor of First Reformed Church of Byron Center, Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland, Westwood Reformed Church in Westwood, N.J., Home Acres Reformed Church in Grand Rapids and Emmanuel Reformed church in Waupun, Wis.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Beatrice Soodsma ’51 Van Pernis; son, Dan ( Jeanne) Van Pernis ’76; daughter, Mary (Tom) Bamborough ’83; four grandchildren, Matt Van Pernis, Jon (Jenn) Van Pernis, Tom ( Kelsey) Van Pernis, and Anna (john) Ahearn; and one great-granddaughter.


Theodore Vanden Berg ’51 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. He was 86.

He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy. He co-owned and operated Northgate Furniture and appliance and was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Survives include his wife, Geneva; his daughter and son-in – law, Susan Beth and Joseph Fabiano of Holland; and his grandson, Joseph Fabiano III of Buena Park, Calif.; stepchildren, Marvin and Diane Evink of Wyoming, Calvin and Beverly Evink of Cutlerville, James Evink and his fiancée, Debra of Fla., Kenneth and Janice Evink of Hamilton; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother , David and Marilee Vanden Berg of Holland; in-laws, Pat Vanden Berg of Holland, Leone Vanden Berg of Zeeland, Estelle Lamer of Zeeland, Peter and Lenore Kas of Cutlerville, Henry and Sharon Schelhaas of Minnesota and Robert t and Linda Schelhaas of Edgerton, Minn.

Lyle Vander Meulen ’55 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. He was 78.

Lyle was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and worked for Thermotron for more than 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie, in 2007; his grandson-in-law, Pvt. Joshua McBride, in 2009; his brother, Richard VanderMeulen and sister, Gloria Wood-Marfia.

Survivors include his children, Nancy (Randall) Lannon of Holland, Paul (Gena) Vander Meulen of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Jennifer and Steven Kouw of Zeeland, Sarah McBride of Holland; great-grandchildren, Raven McBride, Hunter McBride; sisters, Arlene and Don Frego of Holland, Delores Jacobusse of Holland; in-laws, Norma Colvin of Holland, Carol and Jerry Straub of Adrian, nieces and nephews.

John Vanden Bos ’59 of Houston, Texas, formerly of Holland, Mich., passed away Dec. 31, 2011 after a brief illness. He was 73.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1938, in Holland to Gerrit and Lura Vanden Bos. He graduated from Holland High, Hope College and the University of Michigan before marrying his wife Joan in Holland on June 15, 1961.

He enjoyed his time as a Holland patrolman, A NASA operations engineer during the Apollo missions, A Dow project engineer, and in the Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management. He was a ham radio operator, a Red Cross volunteer, and a member of the Houston Ham Convention, Greenwood Gun Club, Gulf Coast rescue Squad and the Friday Morning Men’s Group.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Weighmink ’61 Vanden Bos.

Survivors include his daughter, Jean (Bill) Tanner and grandchildren McKenna and Cole, of Houston, Texas; his son, Jay (Jill) Vanden Bos of Austin, Texas; his sister, Jan (Frank) Wolf of Kalamazoo; his sister-in-law, Jan (Piet) Veen of Holland; and several nieces and a nephew.


Brent Vanderkolk ’97 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. He was 37.

He had graduated from Hope College an Indiana University School of Law and was the founder, managing partner, and practicing attorney with the firm Vander Kolk and Vander Kolk PLC.

His family and friends will remember him as an avid fisherman, and IU basketball fan. He was a devoted husband and loving father and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie Vander Kolk; sons, Grant and Brent Vander Kolk; parents, Ivan (Mary) Vander Kolk ’60; brother and sister, Wayne (Shelley) Vander Kolk ’88, and Sandy (Chris) LaGrand; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rod (Sharon) Watts; and brother-in-law, Adam Watts.

Nelvie VanderBilt ’41 VanderWoude of Burnsville, Minn., died on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. She was 91.

She was a pastor’s wife, serving churches in Illinois, Iowa, Minneapolis and Washington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berend VanderWoude, Jr. ’41.

Survivors include her children, Berend VanderWoude, Dorothy (Alan) Dietsche, Faythe Dornink, Joanne Myers and Mark VanderWoude; grandchildren, including Jason Dietsche ’03 and Matt (Valerie Kleinheksel ’98) Dietsche ’97; and great-grandchildren.

Norma Claus ’38 VanDussen of Brighton, N.Y., died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. She was 95.

Norma was a 45-year breast cancer survivor.She was preceded in death by her husband, William Van Dussen ’38.

Survivors include her son, Douglas (Bobbi) Van Dussen; daughter, Deborah (William) Vogt; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jeane Walvoord ’30 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. She was 102.

The Walvoord family has been interested in missions all their lives. Their parents were missionaries in Japan; the three girls were born there. Their father died in Japan and the family returned to Holland where Mrs. Walvoord worked as a housemother at Voorhees Hall at Hope College.

Jeane was a missionary in china, Philippines, and Taiwan from 1931 to 1974. The last 12 years she was director of nursing services at McKay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan where she trained many young girls to be nurses. One nurse asked Jeane to adopt her; her name is Huibi, and lives in California with her family.

Just before returning to the U.S. Jeane received an award from the government a “Good People Good Deed: plaque. Jeane returned to Holland and spent many afternoons at Portable Recording Ministries doing volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Edith Walvoord; and sister’s, Geraldine Walvoord ’28 in 2002 and Wilhelmina “Billie” Walvoord ’30 in 1987.

William Wheaton ’63 of Charlotte, N.C. died on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Harris Hospice in Charlotte, N.C. He was 70.

He was born March 12, 1941 in Holland, Mich., and was the son of the late Ivan and Barbara Wheaton.

Bill graduated from Holland High School in 1959 and Hope College in 1963 with a BA in Business Administration. Mr. Wheaton worked for Ford Motor Company, F.W. Means and Dietzgen Corporation before buying Torrence Blueprint and Graphics Company in 1989. He retired in 2007.

Bill was active in various reprographic associations including the ASA and the RSA and had served as president of the Southeastern Reprographic Association, 1995-1996. He was instrumental in setting up CC Converting paper plant in 1996 in Columbus, Ohio, which sold paper to these firms.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joann Brown ’63 Wheaton; two daughters, Amy (Michael) Keaton of Lake Forest, Ill., and Laura (William) Stafford of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Nancy Hume of Holland, Mich., and Sally Boldman of Ijamsville, Md.; five grandchildren, Lindsay, David and Emily Keaton and Grace and Olivia Stafford.