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October 2012 Obituaries


Esther VanAlsberg '40 Aardsma (9/4/12)

Joyce Leighley '58 Beckering (8/31/12)

Jone Bosch '79 (9/10/12)

Sarella VanOss '42 Bossenbroek (8/8/12)

Gerard Cook '44 (10/07/12)

David Coster '59 (9/17/12)

Ardis Bishop '55 Fitt (9/11/12)

Kermit Hogenboom '53 (9/22/12)

William Jesiek '41 (8/13/12)

Margaret Bilkert '41 Lemmer(9/21/12)

Abraham Moerland '50 (8/31/12)

John Myaard '45 (8/31/12)

Helena Tinklenberg '54 Patlak (9/18/12)

L. Roger Patterson '46 (6/24/12)

Chester Postma '40 (9/2/12)

Alma Kramer '45 Reed (7/17/12)

Wilson Duke Richardson '77 (7/19/12)

David Saxton '43 (3/30/12)

Justine Dakin '62 Schoeplein (9/3/12)

Carl Schroeder '53 (9/3/12)

Richard Schulz '56 (8/16/12)

Russell Sybesma '59 (8/30/12)

Velma Korf '64 Turner (9/2/12)

Margaret Alber '54 Van Dahm (8/28/12)

Dale VanLente '46 (7/17/12)

Peter VanLierop '46 (7/28/12)

Harold VandeBunte '47 (10/6/12)

John Watson (7/31/12)

Stephen Weiden '68 (8/25/12)

June Cook '38 Westveer (9/15/12)

Robert Winter '37 (8/10/12)

 

 

Esther VanAlsburg ’40 Aardsma of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. She was 93.

She was a graduate of Hope College and a longtime volunteer at Holland Community Hospital which recognized her service with a 4,000 hour award.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Aardsma ’40; daughter, Betsy Aardsma; grandson, Lorin Wegner; brothers, Franklin VanAlsburg and Donald VanAlsburg ’27; and sister, Ruth Van Alsburg ’31 Cotts.

Survivors include her son, Richard “Rick” ’71 and Marilyn Aardsma of Grandville; daughters, Carole Aardsma ’64 of Holland, Kathy and Art Tessimond of Oakland, Calif.; grandchildren, Rachel and Darryl Wegner ’96 of Alexandria, Va., Becky Tessimond of Albany, Calif., Andy Tessimond of Malden, Ma.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Lucy) Van Alsburg of Holland; nephews, Ronald and Sonja Cotts ’60 of Florida, John and Jan Van Alsburg of Florida; nieces, Janice Rutgers-Boland and Lyn Boland of Holland, Jean Buhl of Florida.

 

Joyce Carole Leighley ’58 Beckering of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. She was 75. She passed away at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids from complications of a heart attack.

Joyce was born on Sept. 27, 1936 in Queens, N.Y. to the late Charles and Edna (Spangler) Leighley. Joyce attended Hope College and graduated with honors in 1958, majoring in English with a teaching certification and minor in physical education. Upon graduation, she joined the staff of the newly created Family YMCA in Grand Rapids where she was the director of programs for women and children.

After three years of work, Joyce received one of the first scholarships awarded to a woman by the YMCA to attend graduate school while at the University of Michigan, she connected with Hope College classmate Dr. Raymond E. Beckering Jr. and they married on June 20, 1962. During the early years of their marriage, Joyce and Ray lived in Dallas, Texas, where Joyce again worked for the YMCA, South Holland, Ill., and Rochester, Minn.

Joyce and Ray lived and raised their family in the Grand Haven area from 1971 to the present. In the last ten years, they spent part of every year in Truckee, Calif., and Surprise, Ariz. Joyce was very active in family and civic endeavors serving on the Board of the Tri-Cities YMCA and as a member of the building committee which developed the Mulligans Hollow facility. Joyce and a friend started the original aerobics classes for women at the downtown Armory.

She was active with the local alumnae chapter of Hope College and served on other local charity board including Love, Inc. She was a member of Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven where she supported the Olympians Program for children of the church. Along with many of her close friends, Joyce supported others in the community through their Birthday club. Beginning with her early childhood visits to Jones Beach in N.Y., Joyce loved being outside by the water. She relished her days with family and friends at the shoreline in Grand Haven and at Lime Lake in Northern Michigan. Joyce played golf throughout her life and was a longtime member of the Spring Lake County Club where she played many rounds with her husband and their friends. She remained an avid reader and loved to get together with her book club.

Joyce was the quintessential wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was intelligent, patient, thoughtful and loyal. She will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Raymond E. Beckering Jr. ’58; her sons, Raymond E. (Jane) Beckering III of Grand Rapids, James Edward (Kristan) Beckering ’94 of Petoskey and Thomas Charles (Nicole) Beckering of Truckee, Calif.; her five grandchildren, Marlee, Katie, Raymond IV, Marek and Payton; her in-laws, Hope Beckering ’65 (Richard ’63) Brandsma of Rocklin, Calif. and Francine Leighley of Stony Brook, N.Y.

 

Jone Bosch ’79 of South Olive, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. She was 62.

Jone was a member of South Olive Christian Reformed Church and enjoyed playing the organ. Jone received her Masters of Divinity and Theology Degree from Fuller Seminary and worked for Evergreen Commons for several years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Bosch in 1993.

Survivors include her father, John Bosch of South Olive; siblings, Julia and Burt Bergman of West Olive, Jay and Mary Bosch of West Olive, Jack Bosch of South Olive, Joyce Zwagerman of Fountain, Jeffrey Bosch of Grand Haven, Joe and Karla Bosch of Zeeland, Jillaine and Marc Elzinga of Grand Haven, James and Lori Bosch of West Olive; many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Sarella Van Oss ’42 Bossenbroek of Grandville, Mich., died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. She was 91.

Her loving husband of 62 years, Leonard, and her brother, sister, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends unite in thanking God for her life. (Leonard died on Sept. 10, 2012). Born at Home in Jamestown, Mich., Sarella (called “Sally” by her friends) attended Hope College, Holland, Mich., in the early 1940’s and graduated from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing (Grand Rapids, Mich.) in 1943.

Following graduation, Sarella worked in hospitals and doctors’ offices in Michigan and Florida, including the obstetrics ward at Butterworth. Sarella met Leonard while he attended Calvin College. They married in 1950. Leonard graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in early 1952 and accepted a call to pastor the Harrison, South Dakota Christian Reformed Church, Sarella was Leonard’s faithful helpmate while he pastored four churches in South Dakota, Iowa and Michigan until their retirement in 1984.

In their ministry, Sarella was the woman behind the man-in-the pulpit and she performed that role graciously. She pitched in whenever needed. In Harrison, she sometimes used her nursing skills to treat ill members of the congregation. Sarella was the primary care provider and the discipline dispenser in a home that saw Leonard busy with church work and Sarella busy with her four sons. She kept a neat home and prepared hearty meals for her family. As a child of the Great Depression, she was thrift and recycled before “green” meant anything besides a color. Sarella loved Gods Word and volunteered at Project Philip (Bible Correspondence Course) in Jenison Mich., after retirement.

She and Leonard were interested in their families’ ancestry and how God sustained their families through the generations. Through a great deal of research, including trips to the Netherlands, they were able to trace their family roots back to the early 1800’s. Sarella prayed daily for her sons and their families. She had a wry sense of humor (more often displayed in her later years), wasn’t a complainer and didn’t speak badly of people, even when they deserved it. She was quick to compliment and slow to blame. Above all, Sarella trusted Jesus Christ alone as her Savior to forgive, and ultimately heal her. Even after losing some of her lucidity, she was ever quick to profess: “we still know who we are and Whose we are, don’t we Dad?”

Sarella will be missed by Leonard, who resides in Brookcrest Nursing Home; by her sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Nancy Bossenbroek of Byron Center, Mich., James and Carla Bossenbroek of Austin Texas, Steven and Elaine Bossenbroek of Holland, Mich., and Lorin and Debra Bossenbroek of Grandville, Mich. She will be missed by her grandchildren and step-grandchild, Joe (Marcia) Bossenbroek, Jessica (Ryan) Ronne, Nicki (Dave) Kooistra, Lindsay (Keith) De Young, Zachary (Christy) Bossenbroek, Exekiel (Dora) Bossenbroek, Elijah (Kate) Bossenbroek, Ciri (Kurt) Mingerink; Hannah (Brandon) Lawrence, Chelsea Bossenbroek ’09 (Zachary ’09) Snyder, Chloe Bossenbroek ’09, Greta Bossenbroek, Scott Eldred, Emma Bossenbroek and Moses Bossenbroek; by her great grandchildren, Kilian O’Mara, Shiloh Bossenbroek, Dolorez Bossenbroek, Caleb Crisman, Tate Ronne, Lucas Crisman, Mya Ronne, Mabel Crisman, Joshua Crisman, Jada Ronne, Ethan Bossenbroek, Chandini Mulki, Milind Mulki, Jackson Bossenbroek, Jaden Bossenbroek, Ella Bossenbroek, Sadie Mingerink, Kaden Mingerink, Roman Bossenbroek, Jagger Bossenbroek, Bailey Bossenbroek, Isabella Bossenbroek, Ayva Kooistra, Wyatt Kooistra, Sawyer De Young, Walker De Young; by her sister, Leona Van Oss who also resides in Brookcrest and her brother Forrest (Jane) Van Oss ’53 of Pella, Iowa; by nephews and nieces; by dear friends; and by fellow members of Faith Community Church in Wyoming where Sarella has been a member since 1971.

 

 

Gerard Cook ’44 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. He was 89.

He was born in Holland on Dec. 5, 1922. He attended Holland High school and graduated from Hope College in 1944.

He married Vivian Tardiff in 1944, and they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last March. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot, flying over 50 missions in Europe.

After graduation from college, he had a long and varied business career, finally retiring in 1987.

Surviving are his wife, Vivian Tardiff ’44 Cook, of Holland; children Bill Cook of Minneapolis and Bob (Evonne) Cook ’72 of Holland; grandchildren, Steve Cook and David Cook; nieces and nephews.

His parents, Henry and Wilhelmina Cook, and siblings Orwin (Muriel) Cook, Evelyn (Jay) Forney, Myrna (Wood) Bos, and Marlene Cook, all preceded him in death.

 

David Coster ’59 of Hobart, N.Y., died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

He was born June 24, 1935, in Ohio and spent his school years in Ohio, West Virginia, and New Jersey. A graduate of Hope College, Holland, Mich., he met and married his wife, Linda while there.

He was a teacher of elementary English and history first in Brentwood, then in Oneonta, and finally for many years in Gilbertsville, where he is remembered for his HBL list and ghost stories. While living in Gilbertsville he served as Town Justice, 4-H Leader and as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. After retiring in 1990, and moving to Florida he was, for many years, a volunteer worker with Accion Ministries, Merida, Yucatan, setting up and coordinating work teams from across the U.S. He was very involved with the people in the Yucatan, made lifelong friends there, and looked forward to spending time with them.

He moved to Hobart in 2007, and again became active in church work, serving as an elder in the Hobart Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Buys ’59 Coster, daughter, Sheryl A. Thornley; son, Steven Coster and his wife, Lisa; granddaughters, Amy Carter, Sarah Rogers, Addie Thornley, Jenny Thornley; grandson, Alex Rogers; brothers, James, Berend and Thomas Coster; and sister, Connie Bruegmann.

 

Ardis Bishop ’55 Fitt of North Muskegon, Mich., died on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. She was 79.

She was born Jan. 19, 1933 in North Muskegon to William and Mary (Hren) Bishop and lived most of her life in the area. Ardis graduated from North Muskegon High School in 1951 and received her bachelor of arts in education degree from Hope College in 1955.

She married Donald Clifton Fitt on June 10, 1955 and he survives her. Ardis spent her career in education teaching at Kalamazoo Central High School and North Muskegon Public Schools and retired in 1979. Ardis also worked for the Muskegon County Library where she spent 7 years as the librarian for Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon. In 1967, she and Don began collecting antique postcards, especially depicting the history of the Muskegon area. This evolved into a general interest of postcards which combined art and history. As a result in later years, she and Don became dealers, traveling to many states doing postcard shows.

Ardis was a member of Laketon Bethel Reformed Church; the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; and the North Muskegon Historical Committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard “Dick” Bishop in 1986.

Survivors include her husband Don Fitt; two children, Dan Fitt of North Muskegon; Kelly (Geoffrey) White of Grand Ledge, Mich.; 4 grandchildren, Courtney Joyce Fitt, Emily Renee Fitt, Clairesse Louise White, and Helena Jayne White; one sister-in-law, Dottie Bishop of Whitehall; 2 nephews, Bill (Kay) Bishop and Joe Bishop both of Whitehall.

 



Kermit Hogenboom ’53 of Gerry, N.Y., died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. He was 81.

He was born Nov. 18, 1930, in Fairview, Ill., the son of Joshua and (Dena Habink) Hogenboom. Kermit was a 1953 graduate of Hope College, and, after two years in the Army, he graduated from Western Seminary in 1958. He was the pastor of churches in Leeds, and Montgomery, N.Y., Detroit, Mich., Sherman, Knox and Thompson’s Lake, N.Y.

He was a member of Olive Lodge 575 and Berne Lodge 684 F & AM, Valley of Jamestown Scottish Rite, American Legion Post 0874 Clymer, Lakewood Chautauqua South Rotary Club and the Classis of Rochester of the Reformed Church in America. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown and the Abbe Reformed Church of Clymer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joshua (Dena Habink ’22) Hogenboom ’25; and his step-mother.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Hogenboom; his children, Laurel (Arthur) Buettner and Janice Hogenboom and Timothy (Jennifer) Hogenboom; three grandchildren; his brother, Dean Hogenboom ’56; and nieces and nephews, including, Kathleen Hogenboom ’85 (Greg ’87) Olgers.

 

William Jesiek ’41 of Macatawa, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. He was 93.

Bill was born and raised in Macatawa Park to the late Otto and Henrietta Jesiek. He graduated from Holland High School and Michigan State University. He served as a pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

When Bill returned home he joined his father and brothers in the family business, Jesiek Brothers Shipyard. After his father Otto retired, Bill became a co-owner with his brothers Harold and Don. Bill lived and breathed for sailing. Through the year, he participated in several Chicago to Mackinac races. Bill served as Commodore of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in 1977. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Ginny, in 2010.

Survivors include his sister, Lois Jesiek Kayes of Macatawa; nieces, Linda (Richard) King of Holland and Karen Kayes ’84 of Whitehall; nephew, Jeff (Sandra DeWitt ’87) Kayes ’86 of Holland; grandnieces and nephews; and cousins.


Margaret (Margie) Bilkert ’41 Lemmer of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. She was 92.

Born on Sept. 26, 1919, she shared her warm heart and genuine smile for nearly 93 years. Born in Velore, India, to Anna (Monteith) and the Reverend Henry Bilkert, missionaries of the Reformed Church in America, Margaret spent her first 10 years on the Arabian mission field, in what is now Iraq.

She graduated from Hope College in 1941, and earned a Master’s of Education from the University of Michigan. Margaret married Richard Lemmer on August 11, 1945. They made their home in Kalamazoo, where Richard practice medicine and Margaret became the quintessential mother to their four children. They were members of First Reformed Church. Margaret loved to sew, read, write, paint and listen to classical music.

She adored her nine grandchildren and cherished the summer days she spent with them at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula. After the death of her husband in 1999, Margaret resided at Freedom Village, where she will be missed by her many friends as well as those at Hope Church. Survivors include her three daughters, Ann Lemmer ’72 (Barry ’74) Brugger, Trisha Lemmer ’74 (Dave ’73) Gosselar and Robin Lemmer ’77 (Bob) Zarhay; her son, Rick Lemmer ’70; 9 grandchildren, including Joshua (Jennifer Linton ’01) Brugger ’00; three great-grandsons; sister, Barbara Bilkert ’47 (Donald ’48) Mulder; nephew, Scott (Laura Sherwood ’88) Mulder ’85.

 

Abraham Moerland ’50 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. He was 87.

Abe played football and graduated from Hope College. He taught and coached in Byron Center and Union High Schools for over 35 years. His memberships included GREA and Central Reformed Church where he was very active as an Elder, Deacon and usher. He also owned and operated Bin An Oan Orchards in Byron Center for over 40 years and was active with the Michigan Fruit Growers.

He was enlisted in the Navy and a veteran of WWII.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Adam Lucas '05.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elin “Ellie” Moerland, seven children, Abe Jr. (Wanda) Moerland, Voni (Phil) Lucas, Mark (Jill) Moreland ’77, Kari Moerland ’78 (Raymond) Fron, Tim (Carolyn) Moerland, Paul (Kathy) Moreland, Jon (Judy) Moerland; 12 grandchildren, Russell, Peter, Matthew, Ross, Sarah, Corey, Aaron, Lydia, Lauren, Robert, Tarah and Asher; and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

John Myaard ’45 of Forest Grove, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at Hospice House of Holland.

John was born Jan. 19, 1925 to John Sr. and Maggie Myaard in Forest Grove and was a life-long member of Forest Grove Reformed Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

John was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Myaard; great-grandson, Keaton Postma-Roelofs; and his sister, Pat De Young.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Iris VandeBunte ’49 Myaard; children, Jack (Cheryl) Myaard, Chuck (Sharon) Myaard ’78; Ed (Peg) Myaard, David (Birgit) Myaard ’83; grandchildren, Mark and Jen Myaard, Stacey and Brian Faraci, Nikki and Larry Schwallier, Sara and Chad Roelofs, Alexandra Myaard, Hans Myaard, John Myaard, Elizabeth Myaard, Sam Myaard; great-grandchildren, Sabrina Anders, Lauren Schwallier, Japhy Myaard, joey Faraci, Payton Schwallier, Treston Roelofs; brothers, Robert and Evie Myaard, Jerald and Gloria Myaard; sisters-in-law, Ruth VandeBunte ’47 Boss, Theressa Vande Bunte and Kay Bolman.

 

Helena Tinklenberg ’54 Patlak of Cooper City, Fla., died on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. She was 80.

She was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Zeeland, Michigan. Born the daughter of Protestant Chaplain, Rev. Anthony Tinklenberg and Tena (Hofkamp), she graduated from Forreston High School in 1950 and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

As a nursing student in Chicago, she married Erwin (June 1954) and moved to Northbrook, Ill. Helena was dedicated to the growth and learning of her children. During the 80’s she went back to school and obtained her secondary school teacher’s credential from Northeastern Illinois University’ and move to the Bahamas to teach high school. The past two decades she followed her passion assembling the family genealogy, producing documentation of her family tree. This remains a lasting legacy and testament to her love as a matriarch and her passion as a teacher.

She is survived by her husband Erwin Patlak, Miami VA Hospital; her sister, Kathryn Gennady of Winnebago, Ill.; and eight children, David (Maryanne Hale) Patlak, Rachel (Dirk) Hap, Joshua (Drusilla van Hengelo) Patlak, Jonathan Patlak, Daniel Patlak, Susan Patlak, Rebekah (Sean) Kohl’s and Sarah Patlak; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

L. Roger Patterson ’46 of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was 87.

Survivors include his sister, Joan (Richard) Carroll; nephews, David (Paul) Carroll; and his friend, Mitch McLeod. Roger was a lover of pugs and a children’s storyteller. He was also a teacher and a retiree of the Grand Rapids Public Libraries. He was a good friend and brother.

 

Chester Postma ’40 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. He was 93.

Chester was born June 30, 1919, in North Blendon, Mich., to Corneal and Alice Postma. He graduated from Coopersville High School in 1936 and from Hope College in 1940.

He went on to Western Theological Seminary and obtained his Masters of Divinity Degree, graduating in 1943. During his active years of ministry, he served First Reformed, Decatur, Mich., First Reformed, Boyden, Iowa, Immanuel Reformed, Waupun, Wis., Third Reformed, Kalamazoo, Mich., Beechwood Reformed, Holland, Mich., First Reformed, Grandville, Mich., and Fourth Reformed, Holland, Mich.

During this time, he also served as President of the Board of Theological Education for the RCA, was on the Board of World Missions of the RCA, was president of the particular Synod of the Great Lakes and taught a Bible Class in the Wisconsin State Penitentiary under the Chaplaincy Program. He retired from active ministry in 1984. During his retirement, he served at the Cypress Gardens Ministry in Winter Haven, Fla., and was pastor of visitation at Beechwood Reformed Church for 19 years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth after 62 years of marriage, in 2006.

Survivors include his children, Charles and Pat Postma ’67 of Port Clinton, Ohio, Nelleatha and Paul Triesenberg of Macon, Ga., Evelyn and Randall DeGraaf of Holland, and Linda and Jim Allen of Holland; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Kevin (Kate) Postma, Scott (Heather) Postma, Ryan (Keli) Triesenberg, Kendra Triesenberg, Kelli (Greg) Bonham, Cory Kuipers, Heather (Steve) Tindall, Tracy (Randy) Bremmer, Travis (Megan) Allen; 10 great-grandchildren ;and six step-great-grandchildren, Solana and Cecilia Postma, Tyler, Kebede, and Megan Postma, Mason and Megan Triesenberg, Jonathon and Madeline Bonham, Ellary Tindall, Daniel, Anna and Natalie Bremmer, and Sam, Jake and Sage Allen; sister-in-law, Harriet Guikema-Stolk of Wyoming, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.

 

Alma Kramer ’45 Reed of Tampa, Fla., died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. She was 88.

Born in Holland, Mich., to Eliza Zwemer Kramer and Harry Kramer (former Postmaster), she was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and attended Holland High School and Hope college. In 1949, she married the love of her life, Bob Reed, and moved to Ann Arbor where he was enrolled at U of M School of Dentistry.

With one daughter in tow, they moved to Tampa in 1954 where Bob opened a private dental practice, and another daughter was born. Alma was a member of the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the Women’s Circle and the Mustard Seeds Bible Study. She was also a member of the 39ers and Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club.

Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, daughter, Mary Ann, cousin Don Ridenour, parent and grandparents.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane, granddaughters, Samantha (Tim) Babulski of North Carolina and Dena (Robert) Barnes of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and great grandson Oren Reed Barnes, sisters-in-law Georgia Danahy (Paul) and family, Rita Bennett, and Coppi Reed, and numerous nieces, nephew and cousins.

 

 

Wilson Duke Richardson Jr. ’77 of Las Vegas, Nev., died on Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was 59.

Wilson Duke Richardson Jr., was born to Pastor Wilson Duke Richardson, Sr. and Gladys Crawford Richardson on Sept. 5, 1952 in Kankakee, Ill. Wilson was called, “Ricky” in Houston, Texas and “Tex” in Holland, Michigan, Las Vegas, Nevada and throughout the United States. He confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized by his father at Blueridge Baptist Church.

His life was filled with many characteristics of Christ, One being Music. He loved music, playing, singing, and creating groups. He founded the W.D. Richardson singers of Blueridge Baptist Church and several bands throughout the states. The first group he played for was called The Richardson Singers. He received his formal education in the Aldine Independent School District and proudly graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Houston, Texas. During his tenure at Carver, Wilson founded a band and named it “The Symbols of Soul”. This band played for many functions at Carver. They also entertained throughout the city and state of Texas. Upon graduating from G.W. Carver, Wilson left Houston to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

During his tenure at Hope College he excelled in music and formed a band there. This band performed in the city and provided entertainment or many. Upon graduation he was offered an exciting career in the entertainment business with actor, singer, dancer, performer; Lola Falona, of Las Vegas. As her conductor and writer, Wilson made Las Vegas his home. He remained with Ms. Falona touring the U.S. until she retired.

He also toured with actor, singer, Robert Geon and singer recording artist Nancy Wilson. Wilson took on many projects; writing, producing, recording and developing his own band; “Tex and the Killer Band”. As a film producer, conductor, composer, arranger of several musical scores and much, much more. Wilson also played with orchestras and other groups throughout the states. Spectrim was a group under the leadership of Kushni Roberts. Wilson enjoyed this group as well as working with other people and true friends. Wilson always remained meek and humble. A term many in this world stumble over.

In Christ, Jesus said “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” In Vegas, Wilson made time for worshipping Christ. He instituted daily Bible studies in Zion Independent Methodist Church under the leadership of Pastor Marion Bennett, His focus was on studying the scriptures in Greek and Hebrew, especially the book of Genesis. He united with Zion Outreach Ministry under the late Bishop, A.J. Thompson. He was a charter member of the Greater Works Ministry under the leadership of Michael D. Jones.

He was devoted to serving in the music department by playing, directing and singing in his church and wherever he was needed to serve. It was always with a joyful attitude that he gave his best for the Lord. Wilson always demonstrated his love for Christ by the love he shared with all.

On July 19, 2012, Wilson was given another serving assignment by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He told him to come home son and play for me. He proudly accepted the position. Wilson is preceded in death by his parents, Pastor Emeritus of Blueridge Baptist Church, Wilson Duke Richardson Sr. and Mrs. Gladys Crawford Richardson; and nephew, Samuel Christopher Page.

His memories will be cherished by his fiancée Christina “Tina” Collins and daughter, Avia Collins of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Mary Richardson Page, (loving brother-in-law, Sampson Page Sr. and her loving mother-in-law, Beatrice Page; nieces, Christian Page and Nicole Allen, nephews, Sampson Page Jr. and Seneca Page; uncles, Farrar Crawford (Loretta Crawford) of Illinois and Clark Crawford (Reba Crawford) of Saint Louis, Missouri; god-sisters, Etta Piper Jamison, Reneda and Linda Piper, Oprell Forsch and Paris Red and a host of relatives and friends.

 

David Saxton ’43 of La Plata, Md., died on Friday, March 30, 2012. He was 90.

David was born on March 17, 1922 in Holton, Michigan to Albert and Anna Pearl (Fidler) Saxton and attended a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating as class valedictorian, he received a scholarship to Hope College in Holland Michigan and in his junior year, he joined the army and finished his degree at New York University as a cadet, graduating in 1955 with a degree in meteorology.

During the World War II, Colonel Saxton was stationed in England in 1944, where he met Patricia Margaret Brown and they were later married in June 1945. Col Saxton received a Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics in 1947 from the University of Michigan and a master degree in meteorology in 1956 from the University of Chicago. As an Air Force officer, the Saxton’s traveled around the world from Washington DC, Japan, Nebraska, Illinois, Alabama, England, and Hawaii.

Colonel Saxton retired as Chief, Operations Division, HQ 1st Weather Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii in 1974. He joined NOAA that same year and retired as Chief, Basic Weather Branch, National Meteorological Center, national Weather Service, in 1984. Col. Saxton celebrated his 90th birthday with his family on March 17th.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Margaret Brown; his seven children, Anne Bristow and Amanda Saxton of Anchorage, Alaska; Louise Thelen of Hilo, Hawaii; Barbara Saxton of Arlington, Virginia; Michael Saxton of McLean, Virginia; Ronald Saxton of Leesburg, Virginia; and Charles Saxton of La Plata, Maryland; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Justine Dakin ‘62 Schoeplein of Urbana, Ill., died following a long battle with breast cancer on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. She was 71.

Known for her passion for progressive politics and her involvement in community affairs, she had lived in Urbana since 1971 and will be dearly missed be family and friends.

Justine was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 17, 1940, the daughter of Russell and Martha (Loehr) Dakin, and grew up in Keene, N.H. After graduating from Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, she went to Hope College in Michigan where she triple majored in political science, history and English.

After earning a Master of Arts in teaching from Northwestern University as a Ford Foundation Fellow, she finished coursework for a Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Justine was active in both national and local politics throughout her life. She worked on Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential campaign in Wisconsin and Oregon and attended the historic Democratic National Convention in Chicago that same year.

Later Justine served as speechwriter and education policy adviser for the first U.S. secretary of Education during the Carter Administration, IN Urbana; she had roles as an election judge and in local campaigns. Throughout her 41 years in Urbana, Justine served in leadership roles on the boards of Channing-Murray Foundation, the Religious Workers Association at the University of Illinois, the C-U Herb Society, and the Friday Forum Lecture Series at the University YMCA.

She was a Master Gardener, a member of the Milford arts Society, and participated in events at the UI hosted by the Cosmopolitan Group, the Intercultural Friendship Foundation and the International Hospitality Committee. While her daughter was a student, Justine was actively involved in the Urbana public schools and University High School. Throughout her recent illness she continued to work at the Chapel of St. John the divine and Episcopal Church Foundation at the University of Illinois.

Justine is survived by her daughter, Melissa Beth Schoeplein of Urbana; her former husband, Bob Schoeplein of Asheville, N.C.; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Dakin of Claremont, N.H.; and her aunt, Mrs. Robert (Mary Frances Loehr) Foster of Hamden, Conn. She also leaves her niece, Jennifer and nephew, Douglas, along with a loving extended family of cousins in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and the Netherlands.

 

 

Carl Schroeder ’53 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. He was 80.

He was born May 26, 1932, to Rev. Carl and Cassie Schroeder in Zeeland, and grew up in Paterson, N.J., graduating from East Side High School in 1949. He received his BA from Hope College in 1953, BD from Western Theological Seminary in 1956, STM from Union Seminary, NYC, in 1969 and DMin from Western theological Seminary in 1980.

Attended Hartford Kennedy School of Missions, 1956, and Yale University advanced study of Mandarin Chinese in 1962. He served in Taiwan as presbytery missionary in rural evangelism 1957-1962, and in Taichung colleges student work 1963-64, and a chaplain to Tunghai University 1964-1968; secretary for Evangelism, Reformed Church in America 1969-1973; minister of care for Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, 1973-1982, and Minister to Seniors there again 1999-2009.

Carl has served as clinical member of the AAMFT, serving as a marriage and family therapist from 1982-2992. He was on the Board of Directors of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Grand Rapids. During his seminary years, Carl did church planting in Lansing and in Cleveland, Oh, and in 1955, married Lucille Van Heest. Carl was 4th generation missionary/minister, and was passionate about overseas missions, and together with Lucille, served 10 years in Taiwan in evangelistic and educational ministry.

While chaplain at Tunghai University, baptized into the Christian faith 25 percent of the student body. Carl loved the study of languages and was proficient in many, teaching himself Dutch. One of these accomplishments was being interpreter for a New York Times reporter at A WCC conference in Taipei, Taiwan. As Secretary of Evangelism for the RCA, Carl experienced greatest joy in the Lay Witness Movement held in over 300 RCA churches, where his gifts for mediation and facilitating group dynamics were very successful.

He developed discipleship training groups and small group ministries. At age 46, Carl realized that the meaning of his life was to help people change and grow, with the small groups and his counseling practice enabling him to do so. Together Carl and Lucille received training at a Morton Kelsey conference on healing in the Christian faith, enabling them to work with healing ministry groups in the church. Carl was an avid sports fan, running track and cross country in high school and college, running a marathon in his fifties. From youth, he was a loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers, buying Stars and Stripes English language newspaper in Taiwan to keep up with his team.

He was ever loyal to Hope College teams and to the games of his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Van Heest ’55 Schroeder; children, David (Margy Gudes) Schroeder ’78, Cynthia Schroeder ’81 (Rogelio) Rodriguez, and Cathy Schroeder ’84 (Hank) Risley; six grandchildren; sister, Joan Schroeder ’60 (Lee ’60) Wenke; brother-in-law, Donald (Suzanne) Buteyn ’48; and in-laws, Rhea Van Heest ’52 Arnold , Gerard (Eloise Hinkamp ’51) Van Heest ’49, Jackie Van Heest ’52 (Don ’52) DeYoung, Neil (Mary Lou Richards ’54) Van Heest ’52, Harriet Van Heest ’58 (Ted ’57) Bechetel and Wilma Van Heest ’62 (Lyn) Seaver.

 

Richard Schulz ’56 of Newberry Township, Pa., died on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. He was 78.

He suffered from a stroke in March of 2010 and ultimately succumbed to heart failure.

He is survived by Gail Francis, his wife of 38 years; son, Richard Carl and daughter-in-law, Shannon Elizabeth in Mechanicsville, Md.; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Ann in Leonardtown, Md.; his favorite Siamese cat, Kameco; brother, Carl A. Schulz Jr. and sister-in-law, Judy of Norfolk, Va.; nephews, Jeff and Kirk, niece, Lisa, and their children.

Professor Schulz was preceded in death by his youngest son, David William, who passed away Dec. 10, 1993 at the age of 13.

Born in Holland, Mich., Professor Schulz was a 1952 graduate of Holland High School. His Bachelor of Arts was earned in 1956 at Hope College, Holland, Mich. His Master of Science was earned in 1959 from Florida State University. Professor Schulz continued his education in math and physics at Texas A&M and north Carolina Chapel Hill. Professor Schulz taught mathematics and physics at Western Carolina College, Trenton Junior College (Now Mercer College) N.J., and Paul Smiths College, N.Y. In 1984, Professor Schulz moved his family to Maryland to teach at the College of Southern Maryland from where he retired in 2001.

Always involved in various sports his entire life, Professor Schulz settled on golf as his main hobby and enjoyed many days on the course, especially after retiring and moving to Pa., with Gail in 2001. He also enjoyed the theater, performing in numerous productions throughout his life. He performed in theater with Gail until the children came along and then sang alongside her in the St. Anne’s Church Choir for numerous years. Professor Schulz loved life, his family and had an amazing sense of humor.

 

Russell Sybesma ‘59 of Holland died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. He was 83.

Russell was born in Holland on Nov. 26, 1928 to Abel and Mary Sybesma. He was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, with four children in tow, Russell set out to be God’s servant. He passionately served the congregations of Faith Reformed (Muskegon), Grace Reformed (Lansing, Ill) and Hope Reformed (Kalamazoo).

In his retirement, he worked for International Aid and was the calling pastor at Ottawa Reformed Church in Holland, where he was a member. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed traveling. His cheery disposition, sparkly blue eyes and happy smile will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Laurine Brueker; and brother-in-law, Don Brueker.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elaine (Veldheer) Sybesma; brother, Simon (Gertrude) Sybesma, sister, Adeline Sybesma ’46, both of Holland’ brothers and sisters-in-law, Lila and Gerben Voetberg, Gloria and Ken Haverdink and Dale and Dee Veldheer; children, Larry (Jodi) Sybesma of Holland, James (Angie) Sybesma of South Lake Tahoe, NV., Nancy (Don) Frank of St. Joseph, and Sharon (Robert) Taylor of Chicago; grandchildren, Alyson and Aaron Sybesma, Evan Sybesma, Giselle (Jamie) Clement, Ryan (Kim) Frank, Kyle (Laura) Frank, Scott, Kevin and Mark Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Everett Frank and Nadia Clement.

 

 

Velma Korf ’64 Turner of Charlotte, N.C., died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. She was 69.

She was born Nov. 4, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she grew up and later graduated sixth in a class of 200 at South High School. She attended Colgate University, graduated from Hope College in Michigan and received a MBA from The University of Central Florida.

She retired from a career with the Orange County School System where she was a director in several divisions including Labor Relations. After her retirement she served as marketing director at Sharon Towers Retirement Home. Vel sang in the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte was active in the Republican Party, metropolitan Music Ministries and Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her loving husband, Carl Turner; step daughter, Lora Turner; step granddaughter, Shelby Walker; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Ida Korf; and brother-in-law and wife, Jim and Patti Turner.

 

Margaret Alber ’54 VanDahm died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. She was 80.

She was born January 21, 1932, in Muskegon to Alvin and Coralyn (VanEtta) Alber. Margaret was a graduate of Hope College where she earned he bachelor’s degree in education.

She was a member of Unity Reformed Church and belonged to the Lois Circle. She loved going to church and spending time with her friends. She also enjoyed knitting, spending time with her grandchildren and her dog. On September 1, 1954, she married Howard J. Van Dahm in Muskegon.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Van Dahm ’52 in Muskegon, along with her son, Gregory (Sara) Van Dahm of Schaumberg, Ill; and two grandchildren, Melissa ’09 and Joshua Van Dahm. She was preceded in death by her son, Jon B. Van Dahm on December 5, 2004.

 

Harold Vande Bunte ‘47 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

Harold was born on May 20, 1926, in Holland, Mich., to Harold and Anna (Brummel) Vande Bunte.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II, where he earned a Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion. Harold graduated from Ferris Institute with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy and owned and operated Bunte’s Pharmacy in Holland and Zeeland for many years. He was united in marriage to Edith Kruen on Sept. 7, 1951.

Harold was a lifelong member of first Reformed Church, where he served as an Elder and Deacon. He was past president of the Holland Exchange Club and the Holland Country Club, and served on the Board of directors for Old Kent Bank of Holland, the Salvation Army, Hospice of Holland, and Resthaven of Holland. He was also a member of the Holland City Planning Commission and a volunteer for Hospice of Holland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Kreun ’52 Vande Bunte, in 1988.

He is survived by his children, Michael and Karen Vande Bunte of Zeeland, John and Heide Vande Bunte of West Olive, Gail and Allen de Somer of South Bend, Ind., and Jean and Fred Nelis of Holland; his 11 granddaughters, Alison Vande Bunte and Elizabeth Vande Bunte, Kyra Vande Bunte and Lacey Vande Bunte, Chantal de Somer, Marie-Noelle de Somer, and Elise de Somer, Kelly (Ryan) Nicholas, Heather (Colt) Dykstra, Lindsey Nelis and Jami Nelis. He is also survived by his special friend Ruth Van Kampen of Holland and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Dale VanLente ’46 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was 88.

Dale attended Hope College, was manager of the blitz Kids, and graduated from U of M. He and Ann met in Boston and married in 1950. In 1956 they returned to Holland and Dale soon bought the Visscher-Brooks Insurance Agency on Eighth Street, which was to become the Holland Insurance Agency.

Dale was a trusted business leader instilled with a commitment of service for Holland, the town he loved. After becoming the first CPCU in Ottawa County, he taught the Insurance Curriculum at Hope College for 20 years. Dale served on the founding board of the Community Action House, was president of the Holland Exchange Club a Hedcor, Fund Drive Chairman of the Greater Holland United Way, board member of Hope College and the Ottawa County Red Cross and marshaled the Tulip time Parade.

He was chairman of the board for the Holland Historical Trust and a leader in the capital campaign for the new museum where he later served as a docent. A Marine Corp officer during WWII and the Korean War, Dale presided for a quarter of a century at Memorial Day services reading the roll call to fallen comrades. He received Holland’s Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award in 1986. Third Reformed Church was his lifelong church and he served in many capacities, as deacon elder and business advisor. Dale and Ann created a beautiful garden in their backyard that they shared with many.

His wife, Ann, predeceased him in 2003 and prior to that his sisters, Eileen LaBarge and Phyllis Bowmaster and their husbands, Bill LaBarge and Ben Bowmaster.

He was an always loving and supportive father to Katrina and Gretel, a caring and devoted grandfather to Gretel’s sons, Derrick Van Coombs, Seth Daniel Coombs and Katrina’s children, Caroline Power, Elizabeth Ann Frey, John Frey and Thomas Dale Frey and great grandfather to Benjamin Power and Bo Dahlen. Dale was a beloved mentor to his eight nephews and nieces and sons-in-law, Jonathan Frey and Bill Miller. He was a dear friend to many.

 

Peter vanLierop ’46 of Chicago, Ill., died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2012. He was 94.

Peter described his life goal as "Folling the Vision." At an early age, he gave his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and was called into a life of service as a missionary. Impelled by his devotion to God, he achieved the highest standards in all he did. With a gentle spirit, full of the compassion of Chrsit, he was a pioneer in helping the needy, advancing educaiton, and couseling troubled souls.

Peter was born in Chicago on April 11, 1918 to J. Bernard H. and Johanna Hamel van Lierop, when his father was studying at Moody Bible Institute. Peter's parents had recently emigrated from the Netherlands, and Dutch was often spoken in the home. When Peter was nine years old, his father was appoiknted as a missionary with the Belgian Gospel Mission to Ghent, Belguim. Peter was fortunate to attend some of the moste prestigious schools in Ghent with rigorous studies in Flemish, French, German, and Latin. He became an accomplished pianist and would play the organ at services on Sundays.

When the Nazis invated Belgium in 1940, the U.S. government evacuated the van Lierop family. Peter continued his studies in pre-medicine at the University of Michigan, aspiring to become a missionary doctor to China. Peter met Eleanor Creswell at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship onthe U of M campus, and they were soon engaged. Before being sent to Italy as a medic in World War II, he and Eleanor were married on June 19, 1943, at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, inPontiac, Michiga, where Eleanor's father was the founding pastor.

After the war, Peter finished his undergraduate degree in 1946 at Hope college in Holland, Michigan. By this time, he had changed from medicine to pastoral ministry andheaded to Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary. in 1949, the van Lierops were sent out as missionaries by the Presbyterian Church of the USA to Korea (as China was closed by that time).

After only eight months on the field, the Korean War broke out and they were evacuated by the U.S. Army to Japan. Peter taught Bible and literature at NOrth Japan College. In early 1952, Peter decided to return to Korea alone (as families were not allowed yet). Stationed in Andong in northeast South Korea, with the help of the local churches, he began to respond to the heart-breaking devastation and famine fromthe war. He set up a medical clinic in the ruins of the mission hospital. He sought financial aid for food and set up soup kitchens to feed 5000 people. He opened four orphanages and an old folks home. This was a time of great revival amoung the churches. On a week-long mountain retreat, Peter spoke four times a day to 1000 in attendance. Peter spearheaded evangelism into the countryside, preaching, showing Christian films, and distributing literature. As schools had been destroyued, he started 300 children's Bible clubs which later became grade schools.Eventually, he found Kyoung An High School, with teh motto, "God First." and three aims: to make christ known, develop Christian character, and train Christian leaders. (A memorial servie for Peter was held at the schoolyesterday, August 2). In 1963, Peter received the Human Rights Award from the Korean government for his work inAndong during those post-war years.

On their first furlough in 1955, Peter earned his Ph.D. in Education formthe University of Pittsburgh. In 1956, Peter was asked by Dr. George Palik, president of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, to join the faculty in order to keep the university truly Christian. Peter headed the department of Religious Education and Pastoral Couseling and taught all his courses in the Korean language. in 1962, he was appointed Dean of the Colelge of Theology. He was one of the founders of the United Graduate Schoolof Theology in 1964, cooperating with area seminaries, In 1967, Peter became director of the Student Union, something new in Korea. He set up the first university Counseling Center. He pioneered a Clinical Pastoral Training Course, the first of its kind in Korea. Peter wrote two textbooks, Christian Education, and Pastoral Counseling both in English and Korean. In 1966, Peter won a Korean Oratorical Contest for foreigners. He was fluent in 10 languages: English, Korean, Dutch, Flemish, German, French, Italian, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. On subsequent furloughs, Peter earned two more masters degrees in counseling from Columbia university and Princeton theological Seminary respectively. He also was certified in Clinical Pastoral Education in 1972 and as a Professional Mental Health Clergy in 1978.

In 1977, Peter and Eleanor returned form the field, and Peter was involved as a hospital chaplain, first at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for a year, and then for eight years at Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 1987, Peter and Eleanor moved to Westminster Gardens in Duarte, California, a missionary retirement community. For five years, Peter served as Pastor to Senior Adults at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora. Later, he became a chaplain at the City of Hope in Duarte, a dream of his that was finally realized.

Peter had four brothers and one sister: Ben became a missionary to Niger, John became a minister of Gospel, Beryl became an engineer, Bill became a successful businessman, and Janne married a minister. Their father died at age 77 in 1957, and their mother lived to age 98 in 1992.

Peter and Eleanor have five children: Peter (Cheryl) is retired near Philadelphia; Ben (Chris) is director of Japan-American Society in Minneapolis; Eleanor (Jim) is retired in teh area; Martha (Mike) works in the Elmurst Library; and Andrea (John) is a homemaker in Modesto, Calif., where her husband is a doctor. Peter and Eleanor have 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In 2005, Peter and Eleanor were urged by their children to move to Chicago to be near two daughers, they came to live at Bridgeway Christian Village in 2007. Peter was called home to his Savior on July 28, 2012.



John “Jack” Watson of Fort Myers, Fla., died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. He was 77.

He was born on March 10, 1935 in Kearny, N.J., and the son of William and Jane (Bogie) Watson. He married Joan Clark and the happy couple had recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. Jack was the proud parent of two wonderful children and was a mentor to many more young adults as an instructor of computer science at both Hope College and the State University of New York at Albany.

Jack also served as a project manager at Unisys Corporation and spent his working life in several other locations including Michigan and Virginia. He was a sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed playing tennis. He also made time for charity, most recently with the Missions Committee for the First Baptist Church of Naples.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Christopher Watson.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; his son, Douglas (Terri) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; his daughter, Janet (Martin) Schappell of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren, Lindsay and Matthew Schappell, Joshua Watson, Heather McGleish, Jennifer Lange, Anissa Dyer and Zachary Stille; and great grandchildren, Austin and Olive McGleish, Parker James Lange, and Lily and Jackson Dyer; his brother, William Watson; sisters, Margaret Ball and Thelma Neal.



Stephen Weiden ’68 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. He was 66.

Steve was born and raised in Fremont, Mich. He was a Hope College graduate and served his country in the U.S. Army for six years, including a deployment to Korea.

Following his military service, Steve served the people of Michigan as a social worker for 42 years. A lifetime bachelor, he dedicated himself to his parents, brothers, and their families. He was very active in the life of John Knox Presbyterian Church and spent his leisure time enjoying the theater and musical arts.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Edwin.

Survivors include his mother, Laura Weiden; his brothers, Roger (Carol), Kendall (Jan), Jeffrey (Peg) and Michael (M.K.) Weiden; eight nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews, as well as his aunts, uncles, and cousins.


June Cook ’38 Westveer of Fort Myers, Fla., died on Saturday, Set. 15, 2012. She was 95.

June was born in Zeeland, Michigan, on April 27, 1917, to Herman and Kate (DeJonge) Cook. She graduated from Hope College and married Willard Marsilje Westveer. They lived in Midland, and eventually retired to Holland and Fort Myers in 1979.

The Westveers were members of Third Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan.

Willard Westveer ’36 preceded her in death in 1986.

Survivors include her children: Betty, Barb and Doug Westveer ’71.


Robert Winter '37 of Bremen, Maine, died on Friday, August 10, 2012, after a brief illness and a very long life. He was 97 (didn’t look a day over 80) and a gracious social animal into his last weeks.

As the oldest living resident of Bremen, Maine, he held the Boston Post Cane for many years. Bob retired to Maine in 1977 with his wife, Olive (who passed on in January of 2000).

A younger growing up along Lake Michigan, (Holland, MI) and a World War II veteran of the Navy, Bob always craved being near water, and a pond just wasn’t big enough. So the Atlantic Ocean and the coast of Maine became his new beloved stomping ground for about 35 years. In that span of time he managed to have a couple of lovingly restored boats, a few sports cars, a collection of models, an antique restoration business, and time to help with local canvassing for the town, his church, and the census bureau.

He was the ultimate “cold-caller” – not a salesman, but someone who so genuinely like people that it was not trouble at all for him to go around town for one cause or another, introducing himself and chatting with whoever was in front of him. We have to say that came in handy more than once – he did get stopped for making a bad left turn that one time…well, maybe twice. In 1952 Bob came East to Massachusetts with Ollie and two kids, (third on the way) as a chemist for Monsanto. Soon after that, he worked for several paper companies producing photographic papers, and settled for the most part in Sterling, Mass., where the kids grew up and Ollie was a crackerjack nursing instructor.

He always had a fondness for his birthplace, though – especially since the most of the rest of his extended family remained (and still live) there. Returning to see his old haunts, friends and relatives was a particular delight for him, especially in his later years (oh, say 90+), and he never failed to call each trip “the best time I’ve had in a long time”. Those memories were all the more poignant for recalling how he drove his mother around town for errands at the ripe young age of 12! (He put blocks on the pedals of the old Packard…) And then there was drag-racing on the Holland-Saugatuck road with his brother, and ice boat racing on Lake Michigan at 10 below, and weekend raids on the junk yard to outfit his Model T. Let’s call the “resourceful”.

So a lot of people are sad to see him go, and those that knew him are glad they mad his acquaintance. He was a gracious gentleman, called himself “ornery” when he didn’t feel up to snuff, and generally allowed himself to be joked out of a bad mood, He loved chocolate, ice cream, lemon pudding, fast cars, smooth music and hugs (not in that order), and he always made sure that everyone else was served dinner before he was. Those of us who remember him intimately and fondly: His family, wide and far, Wiscasset Green staff, especially Pam and Marjorie, Riverside At Chase Point Staff (ALL whose wonderful givers, and too numerous to name, Friends at Bremen Union Church, Friends at Second Congregational Church, Newcastle, Bremen friends and sterling friends. (Yep, that’s a lot! He cut a wide, unassuming swath).