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June 2012 Obituaries
Tammy Nantelle '93 Anderson (4/29/12)
Gladys Dornbos '40 Bauman (3/10/12)
Stanley Boven '36 (4/18/12)
Ruth Ellison '46 Brandt (2/24/12)
Adrian Bruininks '53 (3/14/12)
Fred Coates (5/5/12)
Milford Decker '58 (4/14/12)
Richard Den Hartog (3/8/12)
Beverly DeWolf '52 (4/14/12)
Irene Boer '47 DeYoung (3/1/12)
Harlan Failor '50 (4/9/12)
Timothy Field '73 (2/29/12)
Thomasine Flanders '88 (2/21/12)
Myrtle Hazen '69 Forsten (4/24/12)
Phyllis Vander Schaaf '53 Good (8/9/11)
James Heersma '46 (3/19/12)
Everett Kleinjans '43 (4/30/12)
Bruce Linroth '61 (1/2/12)
William McCullough '62 (4/4/12)
Betty Fuller '47 Meiners (2/27/12)
Matthew Otte (4/25/12)
John Padgett '58 (3/14/12)
Stuart Padnos '42 (4/3/12)
Ellene Bolsand '47 Pfromm (3/12/12)
Joan Rypstra '48 Roth (1/13/12)
James Schmidt '76 (2/2/12)
Carl Selover '50 (4/11/12)
Frank C. Sherburne Jr. (6/4/12)
Lee Sneden '50 (1/11/12)
LaVern VanKley '39 (3/19/12)
John Veenema (4/19/12)
Teunis Waalkes '41 (4/19/12)
Kathryn Solms '76 Wheeler (4/28/12)
Willis White '50 (3/15/12)
She was a devoted wife, parent, daughter, sister and friend who put everyone’s cares and needs before her very on. She was a graduate of Ravenna High School, class of 1989, and the Hope/Calvin nursing program. She worked as a RN in the Spectrum Butterworth NICU for 15 years. Her passion was caring and providing for the babies in her care.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Charles Anderson.
Survivors include her husband Perry Anderson; children Brittney and Ryan Scheuneman, Megan Anderson, and Kaitlin Anderson; parents Robert (Kim) Nantelle and Veronica (Jim) Van Dusen; sister, Tawnya Nantelle; brother Kyle (Ashlee) VanDusen; mother-in-law, Ethelyn Anderson.
Gladys received her Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Hope College. She belonged to the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was a member of Orchard Hill Reformed Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorman Bauman; twin brother, Gerald “Bud” Dornbos, sisters, Frances Colenbrader and Margaret O’Dean.
Survivors include her children, Neale (Jeanne) Bauman, Mark (Janet) Bauman, Gerry (Susan) Bauman, Arlene (Doug) Jackson and Charlie (Sunny) Bauman; nineteen grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.
Born in Reeman, Michigan, on September 9, 1911, to Peter and Jennie Boven, Stanley moved to Holland at age 10 when his father purchased a dry goods and grocery business at 378 Central Avenue, which came to be known as Boven Dry Goods Store.
Stan was a graduate of Holland Christian High School, where he was a guard and team captain for the 1929-30 Maroon's state championship basketball team. He furthered his education at Hope College where he graduated in 1936 with a degree in history. There, he lettered in both football (4 years) and basketball (3 years) and was part of the 1934 MIAA championship football team. He was a member of the Emersonian Fraternity and "H" Club.
Stan met his bride-to-be Betty at Hope. A teacher in Galesburg until 1940, Stan assumed operations of the store that year, following his father's death late in 1939. In the fall of 1940, he and Betty were married in Flushing, New York. In 1950 he remodeled the store, phased out several lines, and retained yard goods, yarns, needlework and infant and childrenswear. Through the years, he worked closely with Tulip Time in stocking yard goods and other items for klompen dancer costumes, aiding in keeping them authentic.
Stan was a 70+year member of Third Reformed Church and served several terms as Elder. He volunteered on mission trips as well as at Western Seminary's Community Kitchen in later years. Both he and Betty were loyal supporters of Hope College and known in the community as fans of Hope basketball. An avid outdoorsman, Stan loved his fishing trips to Canada and pheasant hunts in the company of life-long friends. He was generous to those in need and a loving provider for his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Elizabeth Goehner ’36 Boven, nine weeks earlier; brothers, Gelmer Boven ’28 and Ronald Boven ’50; and sister, Ardene Boven’40 Anderson.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Douglas Boven of San Francisco, CA, Richard (Sally) Boven of Marietta, GA, Jean Boven ’75 (Steve ’74) Norden of Dublin, OH; his sister Phyllis Agnew of Vero Beach, FL; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Libby) Boven of Holland; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Anderson of Lindale, TX; seven grandchildren, William (Mara) Norden ’04, Charles Norden, Pieter Norden ’11, Zachary Boven, Jessica Boven, Grace Boven and Brian Boven; one great grandson, Berend Stanley Norden, with whom he shares his birthday; nieces and nephews, including Lynda Boven (Steven Farrar ’71) Boven ’73, Paul Boven ’53, George Goehner ’69, Sharon Boven ’75 Carter and Peter Boven ’79.
Raised in Stuyvesant, N.Y., Ruth attended Hope College where she met her husband Elmer Brandt. They chose an exciting road trip west and settled in a trailer on the beach in California, with other young college graduate adventurers. Ruth became an elementary school teacher, and she and Elmer had four children.
The family moved to the high desert of Quartz Hill and Leona Valley where Ruth developed her passion for horses. She inspired all of her children to love animals of all sizes. Ruth continued to ride horses well into her 70’s.
Ruth retired from teaching and moved to Alameda to be near family and her beloved beach. She was a devoted reader of mystery novels and played in four weekly bridge groups, where she made lifelong friends. Ruth lived to love her family, who were the center of her world. She travelled many times to Clarksville, Tenn., to be with her talented and loving granddaughters.
Survivors include her children, Merrilee (Paul) Laugeness, Kimberly (Ken) Rocks, Mark (Amy) Brandt and Paul Brandt; and four grandchildren, Devin and Adam Hobbs and Avery Ruth and Lauren Marie Laugeness.
He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., coming to Vero Beach in 1988 from Miami. He worked in outside sales in the wholesale plumbing industry before retirement.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Forces
He graduated from Hope College, Holland, Mich., with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953. He was a lifetime member of the valley City Lodge 86, Free and Accepted Masons of Grand Rapids and the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the American Legion Post 39 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4374, both of Vero Beach.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Gore ’52 Bruininks; and sister, Alice Herington.
Survivors include his son, John Bruininks; daughters, Debra Bruininks ’79 Davidson, and Betty Bruininks; companion of 18 years, carol Houger; and three grandchildren.
He is a veteran of the United States Army.
He worked for Hope College for 21 years as Director of the physical plant.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gerda Coates.
Survivors include his children, Eric (Stephanie Lignell ’89) Coates ’88 and Audrey Coates ’97 (Thomas ’97) Akland; and five grandchildren.
Born in St. Johnsville, N.Y., on November 3, 1936, Milford was the son of the late Herman and Betty (Thompson) Decker. An only child, he was raised and educated in his home town. He then attended Hope College in Michigan, receiving a BA and continued his studies in Theology at the New Brunswick Seminary in New Jersey.
Milford shared his life with his beloved partner, Jeffrey Sterling. Milford served as Minister at the Reformed Church of America in New York and Pennsylvania and also as the Montgomery County Historian and Archivist. Deeply spiritual and loving, Milford was not afraid to speak his mind. Her personified Christ’s teachings by feeding everyone through the love and goodness of his word.
He was a Deacon at the Plymouth Bethesda United Church of Christ, a denomination that is accepting of gays and was proud to bake Parkerhouse rolls for their Easter dinners from a recipe originating at Beardslee Castle where Deacon Milford was a pastry chef. A member of the LGBT community, he supported the “Gay” community by organizing Pot Luck dinners for decades, and was a marriage ambassador for the Empire State Pride Agenda organization for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
He was a charter member of the Palentine Settlement Society of Montgomery County. Milford enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining, reading and researching genealogy through which he identified his ancestors as far back as King Charlamaine and the Pilgrims, and relatives who fought in the American Revolution and later US President Andrew Jackson. He was very prominent in promoting the preservation of Nellis Tavern in St. Johnsville and the Frisbee House in Salisbury Center and donated historical items to these landmarks.
Survivors include his partner, Jeffrey Sterling; his five children, many grandchildren, daughter-in –law, Lela (Kushma) Decker.
He was a head maintenance person at Hope College for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Den Hartog, who worked for Hope for 25 years.
Survivors include his children, Randall Den Hartog and Rita Den Hartog ’75 Stevens; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother Donald (Audrey) Den Hartog ’56.
Ms. DeWolf was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co., and an avid N.Y. Yankees and Frank Sinatra fan. Over the years, she sponsored many foreign children through the Compassion International Program and was a champion of causes for animal rights.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce DeWolf; and parents, Abram (Alice) DeWolf.
Survivors include her cousins, Gail DeWolf ’56, John (Annette Siderius ’52) DeWolf ’51 and Dorine DeWolf ’53 (Eugene) Jelensperger; dear friends Linda Becker and Nancy Brayley and many other cousins and friends.
She was born on March 2, 1025 in Sheldon, Iowa, one of seven children to Peter and Amy (Kuiper) Boer and moved to Michigan while she was a toddler. Growing up in Holland on Lake Michigan, Ike attended Hope College and developed a passion for water skiing.
She was a professional water skier, and during the winter months, she would travel to Florida and the Wisconsin Dells to water ski. On July 9, 1055, Ike was united in marriage to Robert A. DeYoung. She was a member of Centerpoint Church, and enjoyed playing golf, and was a great bridge player.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Peter Boer and Gordon Boer.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert DeYoung ’50; daughter, Diane DeYoung ’79 (Bruce) Callander; three grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Boer and Betty Slikkers; two brothers, Ed (Bobbie) Boer and Calvin (Karen Arnold ’70) Boer ’67; and several nieces and nephews, including Amy Boer ’95 (Matthew) Harper.
Harlan was born September 18, 1926, in Cedar Grove, Wis., the son of Carlton Braley Failor and Agnes Vandewall Failor. He married Patricia Jean Flom on June 19, 1954, in Chicago.
He graduated in June 1944 from Oostburg High School, Oostburg, Wis., then joined the U.S. Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1946. That fall, he attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1954 with a doctor of medicine degree. He interned in Michigan at Detroit Receiving Hospital, then did his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., from 1955-1958.
In 1958, Harlan Failor, M.D., joined Carle Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine and brought with him a special interest in oncology. He was one of the first Carle physicians to use chemotherapy to treat cancer. His interest in the management of malignancies and his training in that area improved the effectiveness of Carle’s tumor clinic. Dr. Failor interests took a different path in the late 1970s when clinic leaders predicted that managed care would eventually face fee-for-service payment arrangements.
Dr. Failor was instrumental in the formation and development of CarleCare HMO, now Health Alliance Medical Plans, and was its first medical director. During his 35-year tenure, Dr. Failor provided leadership to both Carle Foundation and Carle Clinic, serving on the Carle Foundation Board of Trustees (1970-73) and (1982-88) and chairing the Carle Clinic Board of Governors for three of his six years on the board. In 1983,
Dr. Failor and clinic leaders throughout the United States thought it would be helpful for multi-specialty clinics with health plans such as Carle’s to have a forum for discussing mutual concerns. Their solution was the HMO Clinic club, which still exists today. Harlan Failor was named a member of the American College of Physician Executives for having achieved the highest level of training and experience in medicine and advance management.
Dr. Failor retired from Carle Clinic in 1994 and was honored as recipient of Carle’s Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award in 2009. Other honors include presidency of the American Cancer Society and membership on the Busey Bank Board of Directors (1973-95) and the Busey Chairman’s Council (1995-1999). After retirement, while wintering on Hilton Head Island, south Carolina, he found a way to continue practicing his profession on a voluntary basis by joining VIM (Volunteers in Medicine), who helped those without access to care. Favorite activities included golfing year-round and singing in the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Champaign for over four decades. He was also ordained as an Elder.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Failor; son, Bruce (Kathryn) Failor; daughter, Kathryn (William) Chapman; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Carlton (Marilyn) Failor Jr. ’56; and sister, Marilyn Failor ’52 (Robert) Waehler.
He was founder of Field Surgical Associates, loved my many colleagues, friends and patients for 28 years at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Also a member of South Suburban Hospital and past medical staff member of Gary Methodist, St. Francis, Blue Island and St. James Hospital Chicago Heights.
Director of hyperbaric and wound care center, Ingalls Hospital. A prominent member and chairperson of many hospital committees. Graduate of Hope College and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Field completed his residency in General and Vascular Surgery at Loyola Medical Center. Member of Crete United Methodist Church and the Christian Motorcycle Association. Devoted White Sox fan, Amateur Fisherman and NHRA and cruise night enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Field; children, Timothy II (Lauren) Field, Kristen Field, Sean Field and Kelly Field; step-children, Matthew Frame; and Christie Frame; brother, Robert (Jenny) Field, David (Jean) Field, Scott (Lynda Rice ’76) Field ’76 and Paul (Barbara) Field ’81; one granddaughter.
She was born August 12, 1966, in Little Falls, daughter of Thomas Flander Sr. and the late Kathy (Wright) Flander. She was a member of the Greenfield Alliance church, Mass. She was a graduate from Oppenhiem-Ephratah Central School; received her bachelor’s degrees from Hope College and Western Seminary Michigan. The ministry began at Fowler, Onto Genesis Account.
She started working at the Christian Schools. Tammy had a special space in her heart for children, especially teenagers. She always followed God’s lead and gave her time and energies to children at camps, outdoor education programs and schools in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Alabama and Massachusetts. During Tammy’s off time, she was employed by Starbucks.
Survivors include her brothers, Thomas (Kimberly) Flanders, Patrick Flanders; extended family, Don (Vicki Kolling ’87) Carmichael and their children, Kathryn, Caroline, Amanda, and Victoria, Rob and Kathy Beers and son, Charlie; many cousins.
Myrtle graduated from Central Bible College and Hope College. She taught school in Fennville Christian Academy and Hamilton Public Schools. She was also a founding member of Northpointe Assembly of God Church.
her husband of 57 years, Ralph Forsten; daughters, Nancy Forsten
and Diane VerHey; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister,
Kathleen Woods; brother-in-law, Jack (Judy) Forsten; and several nephews,
Mrs. Good was born in Newkirk, Iowa, the daughter of the late Stuart and the late Nell (Ross) Vander Schaaf. She served 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer and was an antique dealer at the Antique Center of America in New York City.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, George Good; and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Heersma was born on June 9, 1924, in Chicago, son of Harry and Sue Heersma. Jim grew up on a fifteen acre truck farm in Oak Lawn, Ill. He attended undergraduate college at Hope College and went on to obtain a masters and M.D. at Northwestern University. He completed his residence at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and became certified by the Board of American Pediatric Association.
Shortly thereafter, he was called to serve in the Korean War as a naval officer and a medic. During that conflict, he earned the Silver Star for Bravery. After returning from Korea, Dr. Heersma practiced pediatrics for 17 years at the Marshfield, Wis. Clinic where he developed the immunization program, was City Health Officer, president of the Community Chest and president of school board.
James raised four children with Dorothy Arlene Hawkins, his wife of 63 years, on a farm in Marshfield. In 1970, he moved to Mt. Vernon, Ill., where he practiced pediatrics and was an assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University St. Louis. Dr. Heersma moved to Blue River, Wis., in 1980, to retire and was coaxed into general practice in Muscoda, Wis. Both Jim and Dorothy, who worked alongside him as the office medical technologist, retired in1990.
After retirement, he continued to work for many years with Wisconsin Coalition for the Aging (CWAG) . In 2000 he assisted in opening a free clinic in Boscobel Wisconsin. In addition to being an honor to his profession, Dr. Heersma enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid organic gardener and enjoyed sharing his harvest. Jim also sang bass in the church choir, a barbershop quartet, the Loren Choir and in the Muscoda Community Choir. Other hobbies included fishing, bridge, and reading. Jim touched many lives during his education, military service, professional career, and through his hobbies.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Heersma; son, Richard Heersma; and three siblings, Gerald Heersma ’34, Sidney Heersma ’30 and Mabel Heersma.
Survivors include his three children, Virginia Heersma (William) Covert, Thomas (Connie) Heersma and Laura Heersma (Rolland) Mays; his sister Ruth Polk; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
Doris was a member of Christ Memorial Church. She was a graduate of Hope College, where she was a member of the Sigma Iota Beta sorority (SIB) and the Glee Club. Doris was a big band singer and an avid bridge player.
She was a member of the Michigan Association of retired State Teachers, the Etta Fox Quester’s Group, and the Holland and Zeeland Literary Clubs. She was a vocal music teacher in West Ottawa Public Schools where she was instrumental in providing musicals for students.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kleinheksel II ’44.
Survivors include her children, John (Karen) Kleinheksel III, Kathleen (Ronald) Rumble, Mary Kay (A.J.) Visser; 9 grandchildren, Peter Kleinheksel, Amanda Joy Kleinheksel and Ryan Maitland, Michael and Eva Rumble, Kristin and David Lieberth, Tracy and Alex Gabrielsen, Todd and Felicity Visser, Aric Visser and Kimberly Baker, Mathew and Teddi Visser; 18 great-grandchildren, Aletha Maitland Kleinheksel, Leah, Lauren, and Jackson Rumble, Jessica, D.J., Jaret, and Whitney Lieberth, Max and Ruby Gabrielsen, Sebastian, Sophie, Loveday, Jessica, Milla, Aleksander, Luke, and Dirk Visser; special friend Caro Van Kampen; and many nieces and nephews.
Ets attended Holland Christian High school and Hope College. While at Hope, he played basketball, captaining the “Blitz Kids” as they won the MIAA championship in 1942-1943.
After graduating, Ets served as an infantryman in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946, he returned to Holland, married his college sweetheart Edith “Eek” Klaaren, and taught math and coached basketball at Holland Christian High School for one year. Based on his experiences during the war, Ets felt the need to work for world peace, and in 1948 he and Eek accepted an offer to work in China for the Reformed Church of America. There he taught English at Talmadge College in Fujian Province. In 1950, forced out by the Communist takeover, the Kleinjanses returned to America. In 1951 they moved to Japan to continue their mission work. Ets taught English and linguistics at Meiji Gakuin in Tokyo.
He took time out form Meiji Gakuin to help re-establish the American School in Japan and was its first headmaster when it was returned from military to civilian control. He then continued at Meiji Gakuin until 1956, when he returned to school, earning his PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan. In 1958, Ets returned to Japan and began working at the International Christian University, where he taught, directed development of the freshman English program, and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1967, Ets accepted an offer to join the East West Center (EWC) in Honolulu.
He served as Vice chancellor for a year, than as Chancellor, implementing a problem-oriented structure where students from around the Pacific worked together on common problems. In 1975, he incorporated the EWC, becoming President. In 1981, Ets left the EWC and returned to teaching, becoming a professor at Hawaii Pacific University and earning Teacher of the Year. In the 1990s, Ets studied Chines philosophy, and spent substantial time I Cambodia, helping to establish the Center for Advance Studies.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Klaaren ’43 Kleinjans.
Survivors include his five children, Brian, David, John, Monica and Connie; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; and his second wife, Jackie Young.
Bruce was born Nov. 6, 1938, in Chicago Illinois to Frank Robert and Mildred Annette (nee Baldwin), Linroth. His father was a charter member of the American Legion and served in the 5th Marines regiment in World War I in France.
In the 1930’s he created and operated the Beverly Lumber Company in Chicago. His mother was a devoted homemaker. Along with his brother Bill, Bruce began visiting Douglas in their childhood summers. Bruce graduated from Chicago’s Morgan Park High school in 1956. He attended Oregon State University and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Horticulture in 1960.
In the early 1960’s Bruce served honorably in company C of the 588th Engineering Battalion the United States Army where he earned a good conduct medal and was a marksman. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir and Fort Lee, Virginia. In the late 1960’s Bruce was a teacher in the Chicago public school system until he saved enough money to purchase 20 acres of land southeast of Douglas in Ganges Township. There he grew various trees and shrubs to provide for customers of this Green Thumb Nursery landscaping business.
In his later years he sold this land and lovingly tended to the Daylily crop at Pioneer Nursery Landscape in Fennville while providing yard maintenance to his favorite Green Thumb Nursery clients in Douglas. Bruce enjoyed spending time with his three nephew’s mark, Jeff and Ted Linroth, swimming in Lake Michigan, stock picking, reading The Economist Magazine, visiting arboretums and parks and studying astrology. He was an active and outgoing conversationalist across a wide range of topics. He particularly enjoyed meeting and engaging people for the first time. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his brother, Bill Linroth, his cousin Nancy Beckmann.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1040, in Charlottesville, Va., to Drs. Robert w. and Johnnie McCullough and raised in Port Jervis, N.Y. Bill attended the Oakwood friends School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where he received his secondary education, Hope College in Holland, Mich., transferring to and graduating from west minister Choir College with his Bachelor in Music degree.
After being stationed in Germany for three years with the United States Army, Bill pursued his master’s degree in Music at the New England conservatory. After moving to Maine in 1972, Bill established himself in Sothern Maine as a Piano Tuner/Technician. Over his career, he proudly tuned piano for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, University of Southern Maine, Bates College and Bowdoin College, along with hundreds of private customer.
Bill served several New England churches over the years as organist and choir director, including Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk, Riverside Methodist Church in Kezar Falls and Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise. Always an ear for music, Bill was considered to be a fine recording engineer and traveled around Southern Maine in the summers to tape the various music events, such as the Sebago-long Lake Music Festival, Bowden Summer Music Festival and for such groups as the Portland String Quartet. Many of his recordings were used by MPBN radio over the years in their programming. Bill ‘wore many hats’ in his life, always with enthusiasm.
He was a member of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, The Rossini Music Club, Fire Investigators of York County, International Association of Arson Investigators, West Buxton Volunteer Fire Department and Lebanon Fire Department. In addition, Bill volunteered regularly over the years to ‘man’ the fire tower on Ossipee Mountain in Waterboro.
Survivors include his wife, Lori Tierney McCullough; daughter, Marcie (Stephen) Yager; son, Colin (Jennifer) McCullough; his stepchildren, Karin Tierney, Heather (Ben Madore) Tierney; four grandchildren; brother Douglas McCullough ’64; and father-in-law, Don Williams. In addition he leaves behind his close friend, Stewart Shuster; and many dear friends and beloved animals.
Betty was born Aug. 17, 1924, to Harlow and Mildred Fuller in Syracuse, N.Y. She graduated from Hope College, Holland< Michigan, in 1947; and from the University of Denver with a Masters of Library Science in 1965. The Meiners family moved to Las Cruces in 1959 from upstate New York for the health of Betty’s husband, Rev. Harry Meiners, Jr. The kinder weather in Las Cruces was better for his health after he was stricken with polio and confined to a wheelchair in 1955.
Many would know Betty as the Librarian at Las Cruces High school, where she helped students from 1962 to her retirement in 1991. She was a member of University Presbyterian Church since 1959. She was known to many for playing the harp, her love of books, and for her knitting. When she was once asked how she wanted to be remembered, she spoke of her love of teaching and books, and the wonderful experiences she has had to bringing books to children over her lifetime.
As High school Librarian, Betty was a long-time member of the Association of Classroom Teachers, of Delta Kappa Gamma (an association of working and retired teachers), and frequently traveled to the legislature in Santa Fe to represent their educational interest an encourage quality education in the state. In 1985, she was presented the distinguished Service Award by the NM Association of Classroom teachers; and, in 2004, she was recognized as the Outstanding Unit Member for the La Cruces Association of Educational Retirees.
Betty’s greatest joy was to help every student who came into her library. She collected not only books, but also (“pre-internet”) articles and files of materials that students could use for papers and presentations. Her concern was that ever student, no matter their motivation, background or interest, would learn to think for themselves. For those not a s motivated, she shared paperbacks where she would encourage reading of varied interests-from romance stories or hot rod novels and often her encouragement led to more “serious” reading and an appetite for learning.
Betty was an exemplary mother and was name the “Mother of the Year” in Las Cruces in the mid-1960’s. Her children remember her faithful prayers, her godly example of doing what is right despite difficulties and her constant concern for their mental and spiritual growth. Her librarian’s answer to many of their questions was “look it up” as she encouraged their own learning. Her grandchildren remember Grandma for the books she gave and the love of them she inspired. Having read through the Bible almost every year since she was a teen, she encouraged them to “look it up there, and that focus on Scripture marks her descendant. The reflect the pattern she set of involvement in church, serving others, and growth in knowledge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Meiners ’47; daughter-in-law, Leigh Meiners.
Survivors include her children, Margaret (Chuck) Vander Hart, Paul (Liz) Meiners, Jo (Steve) Barrett, Gordon (Candy) Meiners, and Jim (Rachael) Meiners; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.
He was born September 8, 1925, in Sheboygan, Wis., to Cornelius and Adrianna (Van Stelle) Otte. He attended grade schools in Sheboygan County at Weeden’s Station, West Oostburg, and Lima Center. He attended Sheboygan Falls High School for three years and graduated a year later, in 1943, from Oostburg High School.
After attending Central College in Pella, Iowa, briefly, he joined the United States Navy in November 1943. He was assigned to officers training at Purdue University in west Lafayette, Indiana; at Central College in Fayette, Missouri; and at Notre Dame University in South bend, Ind. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1946 as an Ensign with a Bachelor of Naval Science degree. After serving in the Navy an additional year, he finished his college education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948.
Matt began his professional career as a sports and news reporter for the Kaukauna Times in 1948. He moved to the Twin City News-Record in Neenah in 1949. He met his future wife, Mary Patricia Rasmusssen of Neenah that same year, and they were married in 1950. The couple moved to Stevens Point in 1951 when Matt became sports editor of the Stevens Point Journal. In 1957 matt became associate sports editor of the Wausau Record-Herald. His newspaper career ended in 1958 when he joined the staff of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) in Marinette.
When the WIAA offices moved to Stevens Point later that year, Matt and his family returned to Stevens Point and have lived in the city since that time. He became Associate Director of the WIAA in 1964 and retired in 1992 after more than 34 years with the association. Matt served eight years on the Stevens Point City council from 1964 to 1972. He was a volunteer form 1992 to 2010 at St. Michaels’s Hospital. He was active with the Senior Olympics program from 1991-2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, James Otte; four brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Otte; children, Steven (Debbie) Otte, Patricia (George) Ladecki, Robert Otte, and Amy (Scott) Townsend; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Mae (Walter) Wenhold, and Gloria (Larry) Opgenorth; brother, Clifford (Haleta) Otte; sister-in-law, Nancy Otte; and 25 nieces and nephews.
John was a pastor in the Reformed Church for many years and served the following churches: First Reformed Church of Piermont, N.Y. form 1963-1969, Doster Reformed Church of Doster, Mich. From 1969 to 1984, Pine Rest Christian Hospital from 1984 to 1985, and Fair Haven Ministries form 1986 to 1996, where he continued to be actively involved as visiting pastor for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Padgett; children, Derek Padgett, Nancy (Tom) Ooms; two grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Martha Padgett, Nick Havinga, and Sena (Bob ’61) Bonnette; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a veteran of World War II, captured during the Battle of the Bulge as a corporal he was a prisoner for 5 months. He joined the company his father founded in 1946. He was the founding member of the Holland economic Development Corp. He was also involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holland, the Grand Rapids Symphony and Frederik Meijer Gardens.
He and his wife Barbara were active in the art community. Survivors include his sons, Doug (Nancy) Padnos, Jeff (Margaret ’95) Padnos; and brother Seymour (Esther) Padnos ’43.
Joan was born on April 13, 1922 in Muskegon, Mich., grew up in Grand Rapids, graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1940, and then attended Hope College. Joan married Alfred Roth in 1948. They moved to Lowell where they raised three children and Joan was a partner in the family business, Roth Surge Dairy Farm Equipment.
Joan enjoyed spending winters in Florida with Al. Joan was very proud of her children and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Roth; brothers, Maurice Rypstra and Alfred Rypstra.
Survivors include her children, David (Anita) Roth, Lind ( John) Affholter, Gary (Suzanne) Roth; six grandchildren, including Michelle Affholter ’08 (Steven) Feutz and Alison Roth ‘10; sisters-in-law, Irene Rypstra and June Roth; and brothers-in-law, Edwin (Doris) Roth and Walter (Kapua) Roth.
Jim was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, on March 31, 1054. He was the son of the late Paul D. Schmidt and Evelyn (Jannenga) Schmidt who now lives in Michigan. Jim was a graduate of Munster, Indiana High School and received a degree in physics from Hope College in Holland, Mich.
Jim worked as a project engineer for Jacobs Engineering. He has previously been employed by International Paper, B.E. & K Construction and J & M Foster. Jim loved to read the Bible and lead Bible Study, enjoyed fishing and fly fishing, woodworking, Sunday Packer Games with his son Paul, listening to Rachel play the piano, time with family, shooting at the range with his guy friends, and playing softball. On Feb. 6, 1988, Jim married the former Susan Reeder in Portage, Indiana.
Their marriage was blessed with two children. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Schmidt.
Survivors include his wife, Susan
Schmidt; children, Paul Schmidt and Rachel Schmidt; his mother, Evelyn
Jannenga ’50 Schmidt; four brothers, John (Dawn Boelkins) Schmidt ’73,
Myron (Denise) Schmidt ’74, Edward (Jennifer Bartels ’77)
Schmidt ’77 and Warren (Sherry) Schmidt ’80; two brothers-in-law,
James (Bonnie) Reeder and Jeff (Sherry) Reeder; his mother and father-in-law,
James (Beverly) Reeder; and many nieces and nephews, including Rebecca
Schmidt ’98, Emily Schmidt ’06, Gretchen Schmidt ’05
(Timothy ’05) Fry, Jessica Schmidt ’06 and Matthew (Hillary
Byker ’08) Schmidt ’08.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, N.J., he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve during the World War II. At Hope College he was a member of the H Club lettering in baseball, graduating in 1950.
He married Prudence L.D. Haskin. Carl’s teaching career includes Honor, Whitehall and Holland Public Schools. He earned his master’s degree (Western Michigan University). Carl coached football, basketball and baseball. He retired from teaching in 1985.
Carl was a member of Hope Church where he served on Consistory and as a Sunday school teacher. After the passing of his wife, Prudence, in 2004 Carl transferred his membership to Fellowship Reformed Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Prudence Haskin ’50 Selover.
Survivors include his children,
Prudence Carlene Selover ’86 (Lawrence Kurtz), Renee Selover ’86
(Steven) Schrems, Lloyd (Theresa) Selover, and Conrad Selover; nine grandchildren,
including Katherine Alverson ’00 (Terry) Abitz ; six great-grandchildren;
brother, Robert (Patricia) Selover; and in-laws, Phyllis Haskin ’47
DeNeve, Edward Roberts and Sam Speranza.
Frank met Dorothy Hadden in 1951 and married her in 1953. In 1952, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was a mathematics professor at Hope College for 36 years retiring in 1994 and was a member of Hope Church.
Frank enjoyed books, classical music and model trains.
Survivors include his wife of
59 years, Dorothy Sherburne; his children, Marie Sherburne ’77
(Randy) Mercier and Richard Sherburne; grandchildren, Will Sherburne,
Ashley Sherburne and Janice and Kevin Walker.
Lee grew up in Byron Center, attended Hope College and San Diego State University and worked as an organist, choirmaster, teacher (high school and college), technical writer for Whirlpool Corporation, researcher and forecaster for Heath Company, and as a clinical social worker specializing in work with mentally disturbed children.
Lee volunteered countless hours at Davenport College, and devoted himself to improving the wetland in the great Grand Rapids, area. Lee felt his greatest accomplishments were the love and care he gave both of this wives in their times of deepest need. Lee will be remembered by everyone for his enthusiasm, creativity and kindness; and for his unfailing willingness to volunteer his many talents whenever and wherever he could.
He loved to travel, loved his family and loved living life to its fullest.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Sneden and his second wife, Cornelia Kool-Sneden.
include his children,
Thomas (Donna) Sneden and Julie (Bob) Sneden-Carlson; his step-children,
Kathy (John) Edgren, Lawrence (Eva) Kool and Dennis (Sandy)
Koll; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was born August 12, 1917, in Zeeland, to Dr. John and Delia Van Kley, He was a member of First Reformed Church and served as an elder for many years and also taught Sunday School.
He attended Hope College and graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Ill., in 1940. He practiced in Zeeland, retiring in 1980. During World War II, Vern served for three years as a Major in the U.S. Army with the Amphibious Tank Corps in the Philippines and Okinawa.
Vern had strong interest in missions and di dental work in Chicago, Mexico and also worked in a hospital in Shell, Ecuador. Ottawa County Fair was special to him and he served as president for several years He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed organizations that promoted those activities.
In his retirement, Vern became involved with the building of the Royal Park Community, and also Royal Park Place and the Atrium. He and his wife Betty also enjoyed traveling around the world and spending winters in Florida.
DePree ’41 Van
Kley; children, Thomas (Rosalie) Van Kley ’63, Mardee (Phil)
Mott and Peggy (Larry) Busscher; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren;
brother and sister, Allen (Helene) van Kley and Juanita Ritsema; in-laws,
Merle DePree ’38 Schaap, Max (Esther) DePree ’48 and Pat
DePree; and many nieces and nephews, including Kris (Barbara Tacoma ’81)
DePree ’81, Gregory (JoAnn) DePree ’66, David (Cheryl)
DePree ’78 and Nancy DePree ’78 (David ’84) DePree.
Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 6, 1919, to John and Sybell Vennema. He graduated from Duke university where he met his wife, Joanne Coliver Stephens of Aurora, Illinois. They were married in 1942, and later relocated to Spokane, Washington, where they raised their children. Jack was an active member of Manito Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder for many years.
He and the family enjoyed summers at their cabin on Coeur D’Alene Lake, Idaho. In 1989, Jack and Joanne moved to Holland. Jack joined Rotary and Hope Church. He attended many athletic and musical events at Hope College. Due to declining health, Jack relocated to Montana to be near his son. Throughout his life, Jack provided stability constancy, faith and fortitude for this family. Despite the erosion of life’s memories, his kind sense of humor endured to the last.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Vennema; and his sister.
Survivors include; his three children; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Dr. Waalkes had an M.D. and a Ph.D. in chemistry worked for the Public Health Service, National Cancer Institute, and was Chair of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University.
During his career he was president of the American Cancer Society of Maryland worked on the Manhattan Project when he was a chemist.
He was preceded in death by his father Albert Waalkes ’15; and sister, Marian Waalkes ’40 (Peter ’38) Veltman.
Survivors include his sons, Richard Waalkes, Steven Waalkes, Michael (Michele) Waalkes ’75 and Robert Waalkes; two daughters, Kelly and Nancy; eleven grandchildren, including Phillip Waalkes ’04 and Thomas Waalkes ’12; and one great grandchild.
Kate was born and raised I Grosse Ile, Michigan, with extended stays in Europe as a child. It was a life of relative privilege that paradoxically nurtured in her a deep empathy for those not so materially blessed, as well as a yearning to live more simply and honestly. She took a step in that direction by moving across state to attend Hope College in Holland, where her exceptional writing talent was justly celebrated. She graduated cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. At the honors convocation, she received the prestigious Eerdmans Poetry Prize.
She then moved to Montana, a virtual world away from the elite island community she would never visit again. She had arranged to work on her Master’s degree with a prominent poet who died shortly after her arrival. His death prompted her to return to West Michigan and take a writing position with office furniture maker Herman Miller, Inc.
She eventually settled in Grand Rapids where she met and married Don Wheeler, her beloved husband of more than 22 years. She went on to do award-winning creative work for other area furniture companies and marketing firms. Becoming disillusioned with the business world, she switched to the field of educational publishing. She wrote several children’s story books, plus study books on specialized and timely topics.
Then she earned a paralegal certificate and went to work for a boutique litigation law firm specializing in such issues as civil rights and consumer protection. She became an outspoken advocate for underdogs of all stripes, and an implacable critic of those who abuse power.
disease that sapped her strength but never her spirit. She continued
to delight her friends with her unfailing good cheer and infectious
laugh. She pursued her passion for social justice by contributing
to the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy. And she
missed feeing time on the back porch, where an exuberance of squirrels
gathered to eat from her hand.
According to Willis Jr., he entered the world during the depression and prohibition era, although the latter was of no great consequence. He attended Albany High School and was interested in girls, sports, and studying in that order. He played football and basketball. Willis believed he made the basketball team because no one wanted to wear uniform 13. As a teenager, Willis played the clarinet in the school and village band. After graduating in 1942, Willis entered the Navy that same year as an Aviation Machinist stationed in Hawaii and was honorably discharged in 1946.
That same year Willis entered Hope College in Holland Michigan, graduating in 1950 and also attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a Masters of Social Work. In 1947, he married his wife Gloria Joy Percey. He once commented that although he had known her since she was 12, it never occurred to view her as a love object.
Following discharge from the Navy, a new awareness developed. He proposed one night, cancelled it the next and had to propose all over again the third. He stated in recent years how needless it was for the indecision. Willis worked as a Parole Officer for the State Training School at Industry, NY until 1957 when he took a position as Director of Probation for Tompkins County and moved to Trumansburg, NY from Elmira, NY.
In 1962, he became Director of Camp MacCormick for the NYS Division for Youth. In 1968, Willis took a promotion as an Executive Program Administrator with the NYS Division for Youth moving to the Saratoga region. Upon his retirement in 1979, Willis opened his own counseling practice in Albany utilizing hypnosis for various conditions. He was also director of New Beginnings Associates; a Saratoga based Counseling Agency for a number of years. He was a tutor at Empire State College for Social Work.
Willis received numerous awards and accolades for his pioneering work with youth over many decades. His friends and co-workers described him as, "quiet, down to earth, always involved, and living life to its fullest." Willis collected and fixed antique clocks as well as collecting Wallace Nutting pictures for many years. He wrote two books on Wallace Nutting and has two children books in progress. Willis enjoyed cycling and cross country skiing in his earlier years. He once met and skied with Maria VonTrapp in Vermont. Willis was an original "Polar Bear" member in 1972 on Lake George. Willis enjoyed acting and being a standup comedian for many years with HMT and then with the Stillwater Players where he was known as "Grandpa Willis". He had bit parts in movies such as The Way We Were, Ghost Story, and Billy Bathgate.
Willis took up magic in his sixties and became very good at it performing on stage and at various groups around the region. He especially enjoyed performing for children. Willis purchased a cottage in Dennis port on Cape Cod in the late 1970's. It provided many wonderful family memories. He was an avid reader, driving to the library twice weekly for new novels. Willis loved to travel venturing twice through the Southern and the Northern routes across the United States with his wife Gloria in their RV.
Willis also spent time in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy with Gloria collecting information on his ancestry, which one day will be given to his sons and grandchildren. He took a cruise to Alaska with his son Jonathan in his seventies and talked about the adventure often. Willis was actively involved with many organizations such as the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, Past Grand Master Mason of the Trumansburg NY Masonic lodge, The Elks of Saratoga Springs, Aids "Buddy" program, Veterans Administration, The Humor Project, Deacon for the 1st Presbyterian Church, and to The Eddy. Whenever a volunteer was needed, Willis' hand was the first to go up.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria White.
(Julie Rodriguez) White and Jonathan White; a sister, Joan Bowen;
Regis Percey; 5 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.