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April 2013 Obituaries


William Arendshort '38 (1/23/13)

Barbara Borr-Veurink '82 (1/22/13)

Robert Burton '49 (2/17/13)

Doris Plyter '55 Cole (9/15/12)

Paul DeKok '51 (1/12/13)

Don Dephouse '60 (1/22/13)

Kathryn Douma '41 DePue (10/27/12)

Robert DeYoung Sr. '50 (9/17/12)

Kathyrn Dykstra (1/24/13)

George Dykstra '43 (2/3/13)

Jack Fischer (9/14/13)

Genevieve Seeley '51 Folkert (12/3/12)

Gerrit Hook '57 (10/9/12)

David Huff '55 (12/19/12)

Ruth Joldersma '46 (2/9/13)

Carl Kleis '54 (11/4/12)

John Klungle (1/25/13)

Garrett Knoth (12/14/12)

Lawrence Lamb '46 (1/29/13)

Louise Edwards '46 Lowande (1/27/13)

Helga Sawitzky '46 Lucius (8/23/12)

Nona Kipp Montague (2/4/13)

William Oettle '67 (12/26/12)

Elisabeth Oosterhouse '07 (2/23/13)

Richard Proos '54 (1/9/13)

Ronald Rosenberg Sr. (1/14/13)

Evelyn Jannenga '50 Schmidt (1/8/13)

Carol Turkstra '64 Seely (2/7/13)

Robert Spaanstra '43 (12/13/12)

Charkles Sterrenberg '40 (1/2/13)

Edwart Stetson '50 (2/2/13)

Margery Angus '50 Stetson (12/17/12)

A. Dale Van Eck '51 (12/2/12)

Elena Bylsma '58 Van Eenenaam (2/4/13)

Roger VanderKolk (12/25/12)

Thomas VanWingen '51 (1/25/13)

Robert Veldhoff '68 (11/5/11)

Janis Race '70 Velman (12/15/12)

Evelyn Mulder '44 Weller (12/21/12)

Norma Albers '48 Zonnebelt (11/10/12)

 

William Arendshorst ’38 of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. He was 96.

William was born May 24, 1916, to William and Mae Steketee Arendshorst of Holland. He was educated at Holland High School, Hope College, Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Chemistry), and the University of Michigan Medical School (MD, internship, and residency in Ophthalmology). He met Elizabeth Letsinger in 1942, while doing research at Indiana University, and married Betty in Bloomington Indiana, on June 26, 1943.

He moved with his family to Holland and began ophthalmology practice in 1952, served two years in the U.S. Air Force, and was the premier ophthalmologist for West Michigan for more than a generation, pioneering cataract, microsurgical, and intraocular lens implant surgical techniques for the region. He was Chief of medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at Holland Hospital, founded the Holland Eye Clinic where he partnered with his sons, Tom and john, and retired from the active practice of medicine in 1986.

Williams was a life-time member of Third Reformed Church, serving as elder. He was a life-long learner and constant reader, and was active in the larger community, a member of the Holland Professional Club, Rotary, and active in the founding of the DeGraaf Nature Center and the Hope Association of Senior Professionals.

He played the violin and sang in church choirs after retirement. Bill was an Eagle Scout, an ornithologist, naturalist and environmentalist; and a runner and competitive tennis player, winning his final trophies as a multiple Michigan Senior Olympics champion. He enjoyed golf, handball, hiking, wilderness camping, and loved dancing with Betty. Bill’s family, friends, and former patients will miss his irrepressible puckish humor; his combination of fearlessness and humility; his teaching-by-example of the values of critical thinking, respect for science, distrust of prejudice, and faith in God and the power of goodness. His faith, humor, self-demanding pursuits of excellence, and his care for others affected many lives, and he will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his life-long sweetheart and wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Letsinger; and children, Bill and Donna Arendshorst of Durham, N.C., Tom and Sharon Arendshorst of Holland, John and Nicki Arendshorst of Holland and Jane Arendshorst '82 and Rick Schutt of Holland. William’s grandchildren are Chris (Missy) Arendshorst, Michael Arendshorst, John (Liz) Arendshorst, Anna Arendshorst, Katie (Matt) Eaton, Eric (Tasha) Arendshorst, and Rob, Will, and Jim Schutt; his great-grandchildren are Simon, Luke, Philip, Alexis, Jaden, Hadley and Emma.

 

Barbara Borr-Veurink ’82 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. She was 80.

Barbara was a member of Hope Church, the Hope church Women and the Woman’s Literary Club. She was an organist emerita of Hope Church and was a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Philanthropic Education Organization, and the Michigan Music Teachers Association. Barbara was a former Kids Hope tutor and volunteer at Holland Hospital.

Survivors include her children, Scott and Jan Veurink of Zeeland, Martha Hamons and Ken Borst of Holland, Beth and Ric Beltran of Holland; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Nyenhuis of North Carolina, Kathy and David Prince of Miami, Okla., sister-in-law, Helen Borr of Holland; and aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Robert Burton ’49 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 following a heart attack in early November from which he never fully recovered. He was 85.

Burton was born on Dec. 16, 1927 in Holland, where he grew up. He attended Hope College and University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). He did his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital and Lived in Grand Rapids for more than fifty years.

He was a Michigan delegate to the American Medical Association, president of the Kent County Medical Society, and president of the Michigan State Medical Society. He also took great satisfaction with his accomplishments as chairman of the Michigan Coalition for Safety Belt Use.

Burton was cheerful with an optimistic outlook. He always had a smile and a story to share. He had many interests and activities that he pursued with enthusiasm. From a young age, he played the cornet in many bands from Big Band to Dixieland, performing as recently as last summer with the Calder City Orchestra. He was a board member of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

He was also a founding board member of the Grand Forum.

Burton was an avid tennis player and enjoyed bicycling and skiing. He shared his passion for fishing with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife, Nella, traveled worldwide with family and friends. His travel included volunteering for medical missions and archaeological expeditions.

Bob and wife of 59 years, Nella Pyle ’53 Burton survives him, spent many wonderful winters in Boca Grande, Florida where they had close friends and were often visited by family. Survivors include his three children, Mary (Todd Nelp), Bob (Julie Yen) and Jim (Anne Murphy); and six grandchildren, Taylor, Wil, Evan, Sarah, Patrick and Katie.

 

Doris Plyter ’55 Cole of Williamson, N.Y., died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. She was 82.

She is survived by her loving and devoted family; daughters, Anne (Dan) VanEenwyk of East Williamson, Marcia (Dean) Rochevot of Williamson; her son-in-law, Ed Lettis; special grandchildren, Melinda VanEenwyk, Eli VanEenwyk, Jerry Hoff, Sarah Hoff, Lucas Rochevot, Sam Rochevot, Arie Plyter; brother, Walt (Marge) Plyter of Fla.; sisters, Ethel (Dave) James of Tenn., Lucy Stroble of Me.; an aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Cole ’56

 

Paul DeKok ’51 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. He was 85.

He grew up on a farm near Primghar, Iowa, and graduated from high school there in 1945. After services in the Navy during World War II, he enrolled at Hope College, where he majored in chemistry and graduated in 1951. After being recalled to the Navy during the Korean War, he was hired as a chemist by Parke Davis & Co. in Holland and helped to bring Chloromycetin, an early antibiotic that was the first cure for typhoid, into production. Mr. DeKok retired from Parke Davis in 1968.

He married a fellow Hope student, Olga Kilian, in 1950 and was married to her for 62 years. He was a Scoutmaster for Troop 34 at Zion Lutheran Church in the 1960s and was active member of that church. He was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church at the time of his death. Paul and Olga were charter members of the Tulip City Gem and Mineral Club and also volunteered at the Herrick Library. He was a former volunteer at DeGraaf Nature Center, Holland and started maple syrup production there.

Survivors include his wife, Olga Kilian ’49 DeKok; three children, David P. (Lisa) DeKok '75 of Harrisburg, Pa., Gretchen L., of Carmichael, Calif., Mary C. (Jeff) Blowers of Holland and Daniel J. (Nancy) of Norristown, Pa.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eva Dow of Sparta, Mich., and Sylvia DeKok, of Sheldon, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Don Dephouse ’60 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. He was 73.

Don was born on Feb. 15, 1939, to Arthur and Georgiana (Fredricks ’30) Dephouse. Don was educated at Hope College, the University of Michigan, Stanford University and Duke University.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church where he served as an Elder and with Kids Hope USA. Don retired in 2011 after practicing for over 40 years as an ophthalmologist at Sight Eye Clinic in Holland. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Walters, in 2010.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Cynthia Holt Dephouse of Holland; his children, Derek (Elaine) Dephouse (Annie and Meghan) of Asheville, N.C., Link (Bridget Crotty ’94) Dephouse (Link Jr. Wren, Brea) of Spring Lake, Erin (B. Puckett) (Holt, Boyd, and Ames) of Elmhurst, Ill.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob (Judy) Walters of Grand Rapids and Larry (Lisa) Holt of Asheville, N.C.; and his nieces.

 

Kathryn Douma ’41 DePue of Grand Ledge, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. She was 93.

She was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Hudsonville, Mich., to the late Benjamin and Jeanette (Everse) Douma. Kay graduated from Hudsonville High School in 1937 and Hope College in 1941.

In 1947 she came to Grand Ledge and began a long career there teaching English and journalism initially but soon was able to teach a subject which for which she was truly passionate when she became a Latin teacher. Enrollment in Kay’s Latin classes and the related Latin Club gained national notoriety as one of the largest, most enthusiastic groups in the country. Kay was very active in her sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma, as well as numerous groups that supported the classics in education.

Kay retired form Grand Ledge in 1981 but continued to substitute teach until she was over 80 years old. She continued to tutor Latin students in her home past her 90th birthday.

Kay was a member of Frist Congregational Church, United Church of Christ where she remained active until moving to Leipsic, Ohio to be closer to her grandchildren. She met the love of her life and soul mate, Phillip H. DePue in the church choir and they married in 1952. He preceded her in death in 1987.

She is survived by her sister, Adrianna (Russell) Rutgers of Holland, Mich.; two sons, Daniel B. DePue of Grand ledge and Mark (James) DePue of Leipsic, Ohio; grandchildren, Corinne (Karl) Beining and Philip De Pue, both of Leipsic, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.



Robert DeYoung Sr. ’50 of Wyoming, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. He was 86.

Bob owned and thoroughly enjoyed working at Fulton Heights Foods especially with his children. He was an elder and Deacon at Third Reformed Church.

Bob proudly served his country in the military during WWII. Some of his favorite pastimes included going to the “Y”, reading and taking walks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Betty Karrer DeYoung; and his sister, Marge Bigelow.

Survivors include his children, Nancy DeYoung ’73 (Ron ’72) Hager of Belmont, Bob Jr. (Jayne) DeYoung ’78 of Wyoming, and Rick (Kelli) DeYoung of Caledonia; his grandchildren, Jeff Hager, Jared and Brynne Hager, Lauren, Kirsten, Zach and David; great-grandchildren, Ava, Roman, Adelaide and Delilah Hager; brother and sister-in-law, Don (Jackie VanHeest ’52) DeYoung ’52; and many nieces and nephews, including Donald DeYoung ’78, Kevin DeYoung ’80 and Bonnie DeYoung-Smith ’82.

 

George Dykstra ’43 of Pompton Lakes died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. He was 91.

Raised in Danforth, Ill., George graduated from Hope College, enlisted in the Navy and attended officers training at Columbia University in 1943. He served in World War II as lieutenant on a LST (Landing Ship Tank), commanding landings of supplies and troops during D-Day. His active service was completed in the Pacific Theatre.

George returned to Hope College in 1946 where he met his beloved wife, Anita. They were married in Pompton Lakes in 1949. He earned a master’s degree in education administration at the University of Illinois in 1950. He taught science for eleven years in Springfield, Pequannock and Glen Rock schools. He was the principal at Wesley D. Tisdale School in Ramsey for 24 years and retired in 1984. He was an active member of Pompton Reformed Church for over 50 years.

Devoted husband to the late Anita Wells '50 Dykstra (1997). Survivors include children, Tom Dykstra '77 (and wife Mary and children) of Rochester, Mich., and Jill Laux (and husband, Jim) of Clifton, N.J. Adored grandfather of Jeffrey and Timothy Laux. Dear friend to Betty Artsma of Franklin Lakes. Twin brother of Gerald (wife, Dorothy) of Primghar, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Francis Dykstra, Harold Dykstra and Carolyn Kohlman.



Kathryn Dykstra of Wooster, Ohio, died on her 93rd birthday, Thurs. Jan. 24, 2013.

She was born Kathryn Wisse on Jan. 24, 1920 in Lodi, N.J., to Katarina Kosterec Wisse and Jacob Wisse. She graduated from Jefferson High school in Lodi in 1936 at age 16. Four years later she graduated from Beaver College – now called Arcadia University, near Philadelphia, where she earned a B.S. degree in commercial education. After a summer job in New York City in 1940 she taught for the year 1940-1941 at her alma mater high school.

In 1940 a young man from Iowa named D. Ivan Dykstra became a candidate for minister at her home church, the First Reformed Church of Lodi. He and Kathryn quickly captured each other’s hearts and were married in that church on June 25, 1941. The marriage of “Duke and Katy” would endure for more than 57 years until his death in 1999.

From 1941 until 1947 Kathryn was a minister’s wife, first in the picturesque Hudson River Valley village of Stone Ridge, N.Y., and then in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

In 1947, Ivan accepted an offer to teach at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and remained in that position for 33 years. In addition to raising two sons, Kathryn worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for a local business for several years and also took courses at Hope College to prepare to become an elementary school teacher. From 1955 until 1978 she taught in Holland area elementary schools and, for one period, taught typing and shorthand in high school. Ivan and Kathryn were members of Hope Reformed Church and later of Third Reformed Church, both in Holland.

In 1988, Ivan and Kathryn moved to Wooster to be near another family member. They became affiliate members of First Presbyterian Church. For almost a decade their days typically began with early-morning five mile walks. Kathryn spent almost the last 25 years of her life in Wooster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, D. Ivan Dykstra; son, Darrel Ivan Dykstra; her sister, Marie Manners; and her brothers, Jacob and Peter.

Survivors include her son, Brian (Ruth Westervelt ‘63) Dykstra ’64 of Wooster; daughter-in-law, Virginia Dykstra (Gene Sage) of Iowa Falls, Iowa; sister, Jo Gilbert of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; brother, John (Naomi) Wisse of Saddle Brook, N.J.; sister-in-law, Gloria Wisse of Saddle Brook, N.J.; two grandchildren, Kristin Ann (Brian Collier) Dykstra of Winooski, Vermont and Derek (Kristen) Dykstra ’94 of Montague, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Dane Ivan Dykstra of Montague, Mich., Alexander Ivan Collier Dykstra and Maximilian James Collier Dykstra of Winooski, Vermont; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Jack Fischer ’63 of Butler Township, Ohio died on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. He was 70.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 14, 1941 to Jacob and Hatie (Kleyn) Fischer (Visser). He was married 46 years to wife Nancy Wright Fischer.

Jack served in the United States Air Force 1961-1967. After leaving the service, Jack worked as a trust officer for Winter’s Bank (Bank One), was Chief Financial Officer for the Kettering Family foundation, and ended his career in 2007 as an investment officer with Huntington National Bank.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Fischer.

Survivors include his sister, Anna Marie Fischer ’67 (Keith ’64) VanZoeren; children, Ross (Allison Copp) Fischer, Christine (Frank) Back, Kelly (John (L.J.) Maqsud; five grandchildren, Gus, Daisy, Lainey, Reagan, and Ziva, who called him “Gramps”

 

Genevieve Seeley ’51 Folkert of Addison, Mich., died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. She was 85.

She was born on March 22, 1027 in Ada Township, Kent County, Mich., to Howard and Lula (Sharp) Seeley. She married Robert Folkert on Sept. 7, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oc. 26, 2011. She lived with her faith placed in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior from her sins. One of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 3:20, which from The Living Bible (paraphrased) reads “Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”

Throughout many years, she served as a pastor’s wife, as her husband served various churches in Iowa and Michigan. She was a graduate of both Hope College and Siena Heights College (now University). She received a B.A degree in Social Work from Hope College, with a minor in Religion.

While she worked Addison Products, she went to Siena Heights College and received her B.A. degree in Accounting. She was a member of Addison Congregational Church. She enjoyed her family and her family enjoyed her.

Genevieve is survived by her children, Susan (William) Trebilcock of Coldwater, Philip (Jeannine) Folkert of Hudson, Sally (David) Frautschi of Blissfield, Polly (Raymond) Kowalka of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Rebekah, Michael (Amber), and Ryan Folkert, Andrew and Samuel Frautschi, Matthew (Theresa) Kowalka; and great-grandson, Paxton Folkert, and a sister, Margery Rudolph of Chattanooga, Tenn.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Hendricks.

 

Gerrit Hook ’57 of LaPorte, Ind., died on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

He married Audrey Vandenberg from Grand Rapids, Mich., on December 5, 1959.

Gerrit and Audrey settled in South Holland, Ill., where Gerrit taught eighth grade English for two years. After teaching he went to work with his brother’s William and Alfred Hook and was a cement finisher for 40 years. Gerrit loved to cook from the books of Julia Child, build furniture and had a great collection of old clocks. He will be truly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Hook; sons, Thomas, Albert, Jon '86, Matthew, and Samuel.

 

David Huff ’55 of West Haven, Conn., died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at age 79, after having been seriously ill for a number of years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include daughters, a son-in-law and five grandchildren, as well as his brother, Richard Huff ’52 of Holland, Mich.

 

Ruth Joldersma ’46 of Canton, Ohio, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. She was 86.

Survivors include her sister, Janet Joldersma ’49 Maystrik.

 

Carl Kleis ’54 of Warminster, Pa., died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. He was 80.

He was the husband of the late Helen Studdiford Kleis, who preceded him in death in 2003.

Born in Holland, Mich., he was the son of the late Clarence and Gladys Kronemeyer Kleis.

He is survived by his daughters, Gretchen Dunlop (Robert) and Nancy Kleis; his grandsons, Alex and Evan Morello; two sisters Myra Kleis '45 Berry and Glennyce Kleis '56 Moerman (Ivan); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Kleis '44 and Paul Kleis '48.

Rev. Kleis was the pastor of North and Southampton Reformed church for 36 years. In his retirement, he served as pastoral associate at Old First reformed (UCC) Church, Philadelphia.

He was educated at Hope College, The University of Michigan, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His many hobbies included gardening, sailing, reading and fixing anything or anybody he found in need. After following his call and caring for his family, his main joy was found in music, which he pursued through a lifelong study of the oboe and piano and was an active supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Settlement Music School. He found time in his endlessly busy life to volunteer for the former as an archivist and biographer.

It is impossible to begin to number the many lives that Carl touched and changed. His family asks that anybody wishing to honor Carl’s memory turn their intention into an action that will bring healing and wholeness to the world.

 

John Klungle of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. He was 89.

John was born in Holland, to Charles and Jeanette (Rosendahl) Klungle, graduated from Holland High School and was a lifelong resident of the area.

John was one of the original owners of WJBL radio station in Holland, Mich.

After retiring, he taught electrical courses in several adult education programs.

He retired from Lifesavers in 1989 and was a member of Trinity Reformed Church.

John also served in the United States Army during WWII.

John was preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Nick, Leonard, Jake, Nelson, and Janet Geertman.

Surviving is his wife of 35 years, Ruth Klungle; daughters, Patricia Klungle '77 and Wade Rhoney of Greer, S.C. and Constance Klungle '80 Zoodsma of Holland, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jonathon Rhoney, Katie (Travis) Waters, Chelsea (Allen) Koralewski, Adrian John (AJ) Zoodsma, and Theodore Zoodsma; 1 great grandson, Hayden; brother and sisters, Chuck Klungle, Sue Myrick, Ila Schutt, and Eleanor and George Moes all of Holland. He is also survived by in-laws Roger and Carol Overweg of Hudsonville and Edna and Fred Zeeff of Zeeland; nephews, nieces, and cousins.

 

Garrett Knoth of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He was 66.

Garrett, born in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 19, 1946, died from prostate cancer, which had metastasized into his bones. Fortunately, XL 184 helped extend his life so that he could spend more time in the final weeks with his wife, family, friends and Hope colleagues.

Garrett received his B.A. in History and Physical Education from Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) in 1968 and his M.A. in Student Personnel from the University of Iowa (Iowa City) in 1976. Garrett served as Director of Admissions at Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.), Admissions Counselor and Associate Director of Admissions at Cornell College, consultant to 14 colleges at Stuart Weiner and Associates (Chicago), Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Central College (Pella, Iowa), and Dean of Admissions and Financial Assistance at Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.).

Garrett joined the Hope staff in 1991 as an assistant director of admissions. He was promoted to associate director in 1996 and to senior associate director in 2007. Colleagues remember him as a tremendous team player who genuinely cared for prospective students and excelled at conveying the message of Hope. Whenever Garrett assumed new territory, the next year’s application counts in that area grew considerably. Garrett would say, “What better use of my time than shaping the lives of young people by encouraging them to join the Hope community where lives are indeed changed?” Garrett was very active in church communities wherever he worked. While at Augustana College, he was co-chair of the quad City Interfaith Educational Task Force and helped develop a scholarship program for youth at risk. As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Island, he was Vice President of the Church Council and chaired the 1989 Stewardship Campaign. In recent years in Holland, he was an active member at Fellowship Reformed Church.

Garrett’s family often cited his “CCC” passions – a love of cars, clothes, and cuisine. His other hobbies were traveling, weightlifting, racquetball, reading, crossword puzzles, and watching sports events.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Donna M. Knoth, to whom he has been married since Oct. 20, 1979; his mother, Betty of Davenport; his younger brother, Kimball of Davenport, and his younger sister, Lorrie, of Spokane, Washington.

 

Lawrence Lamb ’46 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. He was 88.

Bill was born in South Haven on Oct. 5, 1924 to Lawrence and Hazel (Decker) Lamb Sr. He graduated from Holland High School in 1942 and attended Hope College.

From 1943-1946, Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a pilot, flying C-47’s. In 1947, he joined his father at L.W. Lamb Construction (highway and bridge construction). He and his brothers also owned Lamb Auto and Industrial Supply. Bill was elected in 1967, to the Holland City Council for a four year term, and in 1971, he was elected the Mayor of Holland.

Bill was a member of the Maplewood School Board, was on the board of directors for both the American Road Builders Association and the Michigan Road Builders Association. He was chairman of the Labor Relation Divisions and served as the Associations President in 1966.

In the 1970’s Bill served on the boards of First Michigan Bank, Child and Family Services, the Resthaven Patrons, Inc. Bill was a long-time member of Hope Church and served on the building committee, was a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and was also on many committees within the church. In the 1950’s, Bill served as President of RCA Classis in Holland.

Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Elsie, in 2012; and a son, Larry Lamb in 1987.

Survivors include his sons, Ross (Leesa) Lamb ’77, and Fred (Denise) Lamb; grandchildren, Dexter Lamb, Maggie Lamb, Amy Lamb, Audrey Lamb, Kirsten Lamb, Taylor and Chris Visscher; great-grandchildren, Brylan McConnell and Sophie Visscher; brother, Jack (Lois) Lamb ’54; several nieces and nephews.

 

Louise Edwards ’46 Lowande of New Brunswick, N.J., died on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. She was 90.

Louise Lowande was born Dec. 23, 1922 in New Brunswick, N.J., and lived in Lincoln Gardens for many years with her father Alexander Edwards.

She graduated from New Brunswick High School then attended Hope College of Michigan from which she graduated in 1941. She developed close relationships with her friends that were members of the same sorority at Hope College. During the war years, she worked as a secretary in ordnance at Camp Kilmer, N.J. She later took a job as secretary at Second Reformed Church in New Brunswick. She also taught Sunday school at this time. She met and fell in love with her husband at the bus stop. She married William B. Lowande in 1951.

In the early 50’s, she led her own Girl Scout troop, which met in her home in Franklin Park. The 60’s found her and her husband heavily involved in the South Brunswick Republican Organization. She remained active in church work and was coordinator and teacher in the Sunday school program at Six Mile Run Reformed Church. She worked for many years as the secretary at Phillips School and finished her career as secretary at Kingston School.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Surviving are her two daughters, son-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Her daughters are Susan Kay of Kendall Park, N.J., and Karen Lowande Ben Salha of Oakley, Calif.; her son-in-law is Souheil Ben Salha also of Oakley, Calif.

 

Helga Sawitzky ’46 Lucius of Mesa, Ariz., died on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 due to diabetes and congestive heart failure. She was 87.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lucius ’44.

Survivors include her son, John (Sue Ann) Lucius II ’71.

Nona Kipp Montague of Salem, Ore., died on Monday, Feb.4, 2013. She was 77.

She was born July 29, 1035 in Whitefish, Montana to Rev. Paul and Clarabel Kipp. Nona valued education and earned a BA from Moorhead State College in North Dakota, her Master’s and Doctorate from Denver University in Colorado.

Over the years she was an executive secretary for Dayton’s and Bell Telephone. For three years she worked as field engineer for GTE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she met her husband, Bill Montague. Nona, also, taught at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and Chemeketa College in Salem, Oregon.

In 1996, Nona and Bill moved to Salem, Oregon and made their home first at Salem Greene, then at Lancaster village. They became members and were active in the Salem First Church of the Nazarene and made many friends.

Nona was preceded in death one week before by her husband, Bill Montague. She was also proceeded in death by her father, Paul Kipp; her mother Clarabel Kipp Fish and her step-father, Rev. Don Fish.

Survivors include her step-daughter, Pamela Young; brother, Rev. Bruce Fish and sister-in-law, Gail Fish; two nieces Tawnya Fish and Tamara Walsh (Jason) of Sheboygan, Wis.; nephew, Troy Fish of Oakland, Calif.; and her great nieces and nephew, Brittney, Ally, Sophie and Spencer. Pamela young of Newberg, Oregon has given many hours of care and comfort to Nona and bill these past 17 years and Pamela’s family has been Nona’s extended family. She found her nieces and nephews to be a special joy and she and her family had many wonderful holidays and vacation times together.

 

William Frederick Oettle ’67 of Newark, Del., died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. He was 68.

Fred was born in Alton, Ill., on August 21, 1944, son of the late Kenneth Oettle and Laverne Jones Oettle.

Intelligent, talented, and motivated from childhood, young Fred proudly attained the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from high school. He would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Kansas.

Following graduation, he taught for a time in chemistry department of Columbia University, before accepting a position with the DuPont Company in Wilmington. After a successful 16-year career with DuPont, Fred became a highly-respected project management consultant and professional trainer. He also worked for two years with GE Healthcare as a hardware development project manager, before his retirement in 2010.

Fred’s keen and lively mind led him to variety of interesting hobbies throughout his life, including model railroading. In the early 1980s he was active in the productions of the Wilmington Drama League. He was also a seasoned world traveler, whose favorite adventures included a trans-Canadian railway trip; a river cruise in Holland; and a catamaran cruise in the Caribbean that he captained himself.

Fred was a passionate reader, an enthusiastic history buff, and a tireless, patient educator. Shamelessly fond of puns, he never passed up an opportunity to delight family and friends alike with his nimble and inventive wordplay.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Deborah Resler; brother, Kenneth (Roberta) Oettle of Fla,; mother-and father-in-law, Jane (Charles) Resler of S.C; brother-in-law, David (Susie) Resler of Del; sister-in-law, Sandy Myers of Ohio; brother-in-law, Mike (Erin) Resler of Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

 

Elisabeth Oosterhouse ’07 of Portland, Ore., formerly of Byron Center, Mich., passed away unexpectedly on Sat. Feb. 23, 2013. She was 28.

She was a 2003 graduate of Bryon Center High School, and a 2007 graduate of Hope College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree.

For the past 4 ½ years Elisabeth was working for the American Red Cross in Portland, Ore., most recently as a service representative.

She loved the outdoors, skiing down Mt. Hood, biking, and beach volleyball.

Her grandparents, Robert and Gladys Feltz, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her parents, David and Rhoda Oosterhouse; sisters and brothers, Whitney, Audrey (Jon) Byxbe, Charles, Julie, Jonny; grandparents, John and Arlene Oosterhouse; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins

 

Richard Proos ’54 of Kalamazoo, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. He was 80.

Richard was born February 6, 1932 at his home in Grand Rapids, Mich. The son of Joseph and Elsie (Cornwell) Proos, Richard earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in 1954 and received his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1958.

He practiced medicine in a family practice in Otsego, Mich., until the family moved to Kalamazoo when Richard became the Director of Health Services for Western Michigan University. He was instrumental in the construction of the Western’s Health Center, now known as Sindecuse. As a WMU staff physician, he frequently traveled with their football team. In 1969, he became one of the co-founders of the Southwestern Michigan emergency Service, PC (SWIMES) as an Emergency Room physician. This relationship between SWIMES and Bronson has remained strong over the past 40 years.

After working as an ER Physician, he transitioned back into family practice in the last stage of his medical career. Despite his busy schedule, Richard always made time to have dinner with his family, and then returned to the hospital for evening rounds.

Family activities were important to Richard. The whole family enjoyed downhill skiing every winter in Northern Michigan and Colorado. During summers, the family had a boat named Doc’s Out in Saugatuck, Mich., where they spent much of their time in the company of his brother, Roger (Rita) Proos and their family.

Upon Richard’s retirement, he and Betty spent their summers at the family cottage at Elk Lake with frequent visits from their children and grandchildren. Richard and his wife Betty loved traveling together in their motor home and frequently took their grandchildren on trips to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and Northern Michigan. He and Betty were inseparable; they loved attending their grandchildren’s sporting events, music recitals or just having them over for dinner and a sleepover.

Richard was very involved at Second Reformed church in Kalamazoo, serving as both a Deacon and an Elder. On March 27, 1954, he was united in marriage to his loving wife, the former Betty Christensen, who preceded him in death in 2008.

Survivors include his two daughters, Kim Proos ’79 (Craig, deceased) Melvin, Terri Proos ’81 (Lee) Garner and five grandchildren; Katie and Danny Melvin and Sarah, Heidi and Claire Garner. Richard was also preceded in death by his brother, Roger.

 

Ronald Rosenberg, Sr. ’51 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. He was 88.

Ron was born on Sept. 3, 1924 in Byron, Ill., to Reinder and Jennie (Oltmanns) Rosenberg. Ron graduated from Hope College in 1951.

He was employed by New Jersey Christian Endeavor Union, First Reformed Church in Clifton, N.J., First Reformed Church in Gran Haven, and Haworth.

Ron also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, John Rosenberg, Rev. William Rosenberg, Rev. Herman Rosenberg, and Jane Dirksen.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Helen; children, Ron Rosenberg, David Rosenberg ’89 and Beth Rosenberg; three grandchildren, Conor Holmes, Henry Holmes and Fiona Holmes; sisters, Helen Young and Betty Basler; nephews and nieces.

Evelyn Jannenga ’50 Schmidt of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. She was 83.

Evelyn was proud of being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a church leader, a teacher, an artist, an organizer and a genealogist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Paul Schmidt in 2006; and her son, Jim Schmidt ’76 in 2012.

Survivors include her children, Rev. Dr. John (Rev. Dr. Dawn Boelkins) Schmidt ’73 of Holland, Myron “Mike” (Denise) Schmidt ’74 of Madison, Wis., Sue Schmidt of Appleton, Wis., Rev. Ed (Jennifer Bartels ’77) Schmidt ’77 of Portage, Mich., and Warren (Sherry) Schmidt ’80 of Tampa, Fla.; her grandchildren, Becky Schmidt ’98 (Dave Fleece), Meredith (Matt) Ritchie, Emily Schmidt ’05, Gretchen (Tim ’05) Fry ’05, Ella Schmidt, Mac Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Rachel Schmidt, Jessica Schmidt ’06, Matt (Hillary Byker ’08) Schmidt ’08, Gwen Schmidt; her three great-grandchildren, Bennett, John Oliver and Martha Grace Ritchie; her sister-in-law, Evelyn Zylstra ’58 Jannenga of Holland; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Carol Turkstra ’64 Seely Carol Seely of Loveland, CO, a homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother, died Thursday, February 7, due to complications stemming from Parkinson disease. She was 71. The daughter of the late Arthur R. and Marguruite Turkstra, Carol was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI (’64) with a degree in teaching. Carol taught elementary students until her husband, Edward (’63), graduated from seminary. In spite of her success as a teacher, she always felt her true calling was to be a devoted wife and mother to her two children, and that is how she wanted to be known. She dedicated herself to doing all she could to raise her children to be followers of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She was a vital part of her husband's ministry, volunteering countless hours in the three churches they served and at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, where he taught and served at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, prior to retirement. Some of Carol’s ministry included
• teaching,
• starting and maintaining a state-of-the-art church library at Christ Church of Oak Brook in suburban Chicago and serving with her husband as co-coordinator of the church library at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland,
• sewing costumes for church programs,
• heading up a large 200th anniversary celebration of our country in 1976, emphasizing its Biblical basis,
• beginning in 1985 and for many years afterward producing a weekly church bulletin for children to help them learn to worship God and love doing so,
• bringing meals to those who were ill and serving meals at church,
• listening for hours at a time and helping people who called her with many concerns,
• completing baptism certificates, as well as many other documents and posters, in calligraphy for 20 years,
• serving in the hand bell choir at Christ Church
• for many years both at Christ Church and at Calvin Seminary mentoring international students learning English,
• working at all hours of the day and at times well into the evening (one time until 2:00 a.m.) helping with behind the scenes tasks that have resulted in the production of documents and classes that many found helpful but which, without Carol’s efforts, would not have been produced,
• tirelessly helping the family of the director of the Calvin worship institute when they became the parents of triplets,
• sharing good ideas with her husband and talking with him each day for all the years of their ministry together about how a certain program could be improved or how he could best accomplish a particular task, virtually always in response to his asking. She never told him what to do in any dictatorial manner; she waited to be asked. He has said, “two of the best things I have done in the Kingdom of God is (1) to have not waited long to ask her, and (2) to ask her to be my wife, whom I love and will always love deeply, from whom I will never stray, and to and for whom I will be forever grateful. God could not have given me a better marriage partner or partner in ministry than Carol. We have truly been a team in life and in ministry.”

Carol is survived by her husband Dr. Edward Seely '63 of Loveland; daughter Janet (Robert) Sandberg, of Loveland; and son Jonathan Seely, of Grand Rapids, MI; an aunt, Charlene Van Horn of Niles, MI; two brothers, John (Carol) Turkstra of St. John, IN; and Alan (June) Turkstra, of Tinley Park, IL; and two grandchildren.


Robert Spaanstra ’43 of Grandville, Mich., died on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. He was 92.

Bob proudly served our country during WWII as a member of the US Marines in the Pacific Theater. He worked as a sales man for Friden Calculators, a branch manager for the Union Bank and a security guard for Bohn Aluminum in Holland.

He was a member of Olivet Reformed Church for 52 years and Beverly Reformed Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years Esther (Van Sledright); his second wife, June Reminga; sister, Geraldine Timmer.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Marcia ( Jim) Deur, Jim (Sue) Spaanstra, Bruce (Bonnie) Spaanstra; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; step children, Marlene and Larry fry, Jim Reminga, Jan Gallagher; 9 step-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Peters; many nieces and nephews.

Charles Sterrenberg ’40 of Beaver Dam, Wis., died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. He was 94.

Dr. Charles Sterrenberg was born on May 9, 1918 the son of Charles and Matilda (De Jong) Sterrenberg in Orange City, Iowa. He attended Northwestern Academy in Orange City, Iowa, and Hope College in Holland, Mich. Dr. Sterrenberg graduated in 1944 from Marquette University Dental School with a degree in dental surgery.

He was a practicing dentist in Beaver Dam from 1946-1977. He was employed at the Wisconsin State Prison from1977 to 1981, after which he retired. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin State Dental Association. He was active in the State Association having served on several state committees. Charles was a faithful member of Trinity Church United Methodist, where he served many commissions and on many committees.

He was a charter member of the Beaver Dam Lion’s Club since 1953 and had served as a club officer for many years, as well as, being active in district activities. He was a member of the masonic Lodge F & AM, 32 Degree Valley of Madison Consistory, Zor Shrine and American Legion Post #146. He proudly served his country as a dental officer in World War II and remained in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 26 years and retired with the rank of commander. Dr. Sterrenberg was active in many community activities including the board of education for 12 years, was named Lion of the Year in 1986, distinguished service award in 1992, citizen of the year in 1998, and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Lion’s International in 1995.

He served in the Stephen Ministry Program at Trinity Church and was on the board of directors for Church Health Services for six years. Chuck enjoyed many years of fishing and hunting with his many friends. “Happy trails to you – until we meet again.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jean and his daughter-in-law Kate Rohrer Sterrenberg.

Survivors include his children, Dale Ann (Tony Weisensel) Waldron of Sun Prairie and Paul Charles Sterrenberg of Baileys Harbor, Wis.; granddaughter Ashley (Christopher Pax) Waldron and great-granddaughter, Olivia Pax all of Monona; his brother-in-law, Evan De Jong of St. Petersburg, Fla., and his special friend Maxine Heimerl of Heber, Ariz. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Edward Leven Stetson ’50 of Minneapolis, Minn., died on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. He was 88.

As a World War II veteran he served in the U.S. Navy at Noumea, in the South Pacific, as a weather forecaster.

He graduated from Hope with a major in English. Later he earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from Princeton Seminary, and joined the U.S. Air Force for a brief stint as a Chaplain’s Assistant.

He served the Presbyterian Church as a fundraiser for the Fifty Million Dollar Fund, and later worked as a development resource for various churches in that denomination.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Angus ’50 Stetson.

Survivors include his two sons, Mark and Eric Stetson, all of whom lived in the Twin Cities area.

Margery Angus ’50 Stetson of Minneapolis, Minn., died on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She was 82.

She was trained as a vocal musician, and studied under Professor Norma Hark Baughman at Hope College. After graduation she worked as both a performer and teacher. Friends and Hope classmates remember her shy, sweet disposition, and her insistence upon performance of excellent quality through hard work and strict attention to detail.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Angus ’59.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Stetson ’50; her sons, Mark and Eric Stetson, all of whom lived in the Twin Cities area; and brother, David (Gartha) Angus ’54.

 

Roger VanderKolk ’58 died on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. He was 76.

Pastor Van, as he was affectionately known, lived his personal philosophy “And what does God require of you, oh man? Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God.” In every aspect of his life, both personally and professionally. He was called to ministry, and after graduating from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, her served as pastor of First Reformed church in Kalamazoo, Laketon Bethel Reformed Church in Muskegon, and Haven Reformed Church in Hamilton.

After retiring, he served as calling pastor/chaplain for several local churches and organizations. This allowed him to follow his passion of providing comfort and solace (and even some jocular entertainment) to folks in need Pastor Van’s love and concern for his fellow man made him highly sought after for church and organizations looking for committee members whose agenda was the good of all humankind.

He served on several boards and committees of the Reformed Church of America as well as local service organizations – to many to list here.

He was preceded in death by his father Nelson, mother Marian, step-mother, Beatrice; and nephew, Brent VanderKolk ’97.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Pyle’55 VanderKolk; daughter, Martha VanderKolk ’87; son, Bruce (Susan VanderLaan ’88) VanderKolk ’90; brother, Ivan (Mary) VanderKolk ’60; sister, Dora Mae (Gary); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Dale Van Eck ’51 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. He was 83.

Born on Aug. 8, 1929, to Edward and Kate Van Eck, Dale graduated in 1947 from Holland High School and attended Hope College. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and went on to serve two years in the US Army. There, he served in an engineering division of the U.S. Air Force known as SCARWAF personnel. Upon discharge, Dale went into the field of commercial art with various firms including Steketee-van Huis of Holland.

In 1964, Dale purchased and co-owned Merchant’s Publishing company where they specialized in horticultural printing. He retired in 1994 and returned to Holland where he was involved as a SCORE counselor, helping new businesses. As a member of Christ Memorial Church, Dale loved serving the lord as a Sunday school teacher. One of Dales’ great talents besides being a helping hand to all was his artistic abilities in oil painting. Dale’s appreciation for life is evident in his landscapes, seascapes and portraits.

Dale was a person of great integrity in both his professional and personal life. His gentle nature and humor endeared him to all he met.

He was God’s gift to his wife, Doris Wiesdamp of 55 years. Dale is also survived by his children, Tom (Jeri) Van Eck of Riverview, and Bob and Sally Tien ’82 Van Eck ’82 of Grandville; grandchildren, Emily (Colston) Copeland and Kelli Van Eck of Anaheim, Calif., Meghan Van Eck ’05 (Peter) Cappon of Seattle, Wash., Calvin Van Eck of Grand rapids, Madelyn Van Eck ’11 (Michael) Cox of Grand Rapids and Anderson Van Eck of Grandville. Dale is also survived by his brother, Paul (Sharon) Van Eck ’54 of Zeeland; and sister-n-law, Christine Pindar ’61 Van Eck of Grand Haven.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Edward Van Eck and Marvin Van Eck; and sister, June Westveer.

Elena Bylsma ’58 Van Eenenaam of Watertown, N.Y., died on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She was 76.

She was born Nov. 13, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Mich., to George P. and Grace Thomasma Bylsma. She attended Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., with a BA degree in education in 1959. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sorority.

She met David Owen Van Eenenaam at Hope College, and they later married at the Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. August 17th, 1959. She was an elementary school teacher for several years in the Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, Michigan school systems. She moved with her husband to Ann Arbor, Michigan while he attended the University of Michigan Medical School and Orthopedic surgery residency, from 1959 until 1966. Prior to moving to Watertown, N.Y. in 1968, she spent two years at the Great Lakes Naval Base north of Chicago, Ill., during the Vietnam War, while her husband served in the Naval Medical Corps.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown, where she served as a Deacon. For the past 24 years she coordinated the memorial flowers for each Sunday service and decorated the church for each holiday. She was also a member of P.E.O., a Christian women’s national organization. She was a volunteer with the Jefferson County Historical Society, the House of the Good Samaritan and Samaritan Medical Auxiliary for many years.

She had many interests including tennis, needlepoint, walking, reading, downhill skiing, and playing bridge. She would always say “I will be a better bridge player the next time.” She was an avid golfer, and was the women’s Club Champion at Ives Hill Country club and three time Watertown Women’s City Champion. She was president of the Ives Hills Women’s Golf Committee and member of the Sectional Affairs Committee of the NYSGA. Most of all, she enjoyed being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, David Van Eenenaam ’57; four children, Peter (Dacia Van Zanten ’85) Van Eenenaam ’83 of Watertown and their two children, Sarah and David; Sarah Van Eenenaam ’84 (Jeff ’84) Hanson, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and their three children, Jeffrey, Courtney, and Kyle; Amy (Graham) Atkinson, Manlius, N.Y., and their three children, Ellie, Mary, and Kate; Kate Van Eenenaam ’88 (John) Wilson, Manlius, N.Y., and their two children, Caroline and Jack. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Carole Bylsma of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Isla Van Eenenaam ’58 Vermeulen and her husband Victor of West Olive, Mich.; a brother-in-law, John (Marianne ’56) Van Eenenaam ’51 of Grand Haven, Mich., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother, Peter Bylsma ’63.

Thomas VanWingen ’51 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, with loved ones at his side.

Tom was born in Grand Rapids on August 31, 1929 to Martin L. and Dorothy (Huff) Van Wingen. He and his sister, Janet, grew up in the north end of Grand Rapids as proud “Hoover Streeters”. Tom was a Creston Polar Bear, graduating from Creston in 1947 after excelling in football, basketball, and baseball.

He attended Hope College where he again played football and baseball, being named MIAA most valuable player in football in 1950. At Hope, he met and wooed the love of his life, Ruth Wolford. They began their 60-year marriage on August 17, 1952. After finishing his master’s degree at Michigan State University and serving his country in the U.S. Army, he began his career at Grand Rapids Junior College. He taught math for over 30 years and coached tennis and football. He also officiated high school football and basketball for many years throughout the area.

He and Ruth raised four children, leading to 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A life-long north-ender, Tom also loved spending winters in Arizona and summers on Lake Michigan at Lost Valley. He enjoyed travel and all forms of exercise, but especially biking and tennis. Most of all, he loved being surrounded by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wolford ’54 VanWingen; and his children, Thomas Van Wingen (Kim) of Spring Lake; Tim Van Wingen (Mary) of DeWitt; Sarah VanWingen ’86 Williams (Doug ’86) of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Tyler Van Wingen of Grand Rapids. His grandchildren are Troy Van Wingen (Sarah) of Kentwood, Tara Westbrook (Ted) of Byron Center, Alex Van Wingen of Grand Rapids, and Emily and Jack Van Wingen of Spring Lake; Meghan Travis (Nick) of Mattawan, Tom Van Wingen of Lake Villa, Ill., and Joe Van Wingen of Ann Arbor; Jake, Josh, and Jenna Williams of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Sabrina Pina and Jonah Van Wingen of Fowlerville. The Greats are Charlotte Ruth and Grey Van Wingen of Kentwood, John Travis of Mattawan, and Laura Rose Westbrook of Byron Center. Also surviving is his sister, Janet Taylor (Dr. Joe) of Walker, along with many beloved nieces and nephews.

 

Robert Veldhoff ’68 of Plover, Wis., formerly of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Nov. 5, 2012. He was 66.

Bob was born on August 5, 1946, to Marvin and Great (Stegink) Veldhoff in Holland.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Hope College and a MBA at the University of Michigan. Bob worked for Sentry Insurance as a product Management consultant until his retirement.

Bob married Lee (Fenton) on May 22, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois. They lived in various places for Bob’s job before settling in Plover, Wis. in 1979. Bob enjoyed golfing traveling and was an avid sports fan, especially of hockey and football. Bob was an active member of Grace Baptist Church, and was active in the local area hockey organizations.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Veldhoff.

Survivors include his parents of Holland, Mich.; wife, Lee, of Plover, Wis., daughter, Rebekah, (Michael) Garringer of Portland, Oregon; son, Stephen (Becky) Veldhoff of Whiting, Wis.; and grandchildren, Benjamin and Maggie.

Janis Race ’70 Veldman formerly of Philmont, died at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 following a lengthy, valiant battle with cancer. She was 64.

Born October 4, 1948 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Bradford and Virginia Race and was predeceased by her brother, Bradford J. Race Jr.

She was the niece of Arlene Snyder and also is survived by many cousins. Janis grew up in Philmont and graduated from Ockawamick Central School in 1966 and from Hope College in 1970.

Janis and her husband, John, partnered in a long ministry in the Arizona area where she was also an English and Bible teacher at the Scottsdale Christian Academy. She was described by her Christian community as an amazing teacher, friend, mentor and prayer warrior who spoke the truth with a conviction rarely seen these days. Jan was a blessing to each and every student, parent, fellow teacher, and staff member who passed through her classroom door, and she will be greatly missed throughout the SCA (Scottsdale Christian Academy) community.

 

Evelyn Mulder ’44 Weller of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. She was 90.

Evelyn was born in Holland, Mich., on March 4, 1922, with a thoroughly Holland Dutch heritage as the youngest child of Abel and Nellie Mulder. Her mother was the granddaughter of Egbert Fredricks, a member of Dr. Van Raalte’s original Holland founding group. Her mother was also the great-granddaughter of Stephen Lucas, one of the founders of Graafschap. Likewise, her father’s Dutch ancestors had joined in the settlement of Graafschap and had founded Graafschap Hardware Store as well as Mulder Funeral Services.

Evelyn graduated from Holland High School, attended hope College for two years and then went to Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago for nurse training. This was interrupted by a prolonged bout with rheumatic fever, after which she agreed to get married without finishing her training. On Nov. 27, 1943, she married Tony (Peter A.) Weller.

The Lord gave Evelyn five wonderful children for who she was the consummate mother whose life was focused on teaching her five children to know and love her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Bible was her textbook for teaching the art of living a disciplined and happy life. She did this with rare combination of deep love and firm discipline that endeared the children to both her and the Lord. Praise God!

As the children grew, she applied her skills to a career of ministering to other children and young people as a Sunday School teacher and youth groups as well as organizing, staffing and leading Pioneer Girls clubs for girls from 8-18 in churches she attended. In Durham, NH, she organized and led a child Evangelism Good News Club in her home for 12 years. This was a weekly after-school program of activities for neighborhood children, using the Bible for reference and application. Also in Durham, she started an adult Neighborhood Bible Study in her home. This was a weekly morning meeting where, over a cup of coffee she led a time of sharing and bible study with her neighbors for 13 years. While in Durham, she and her husband, along with three other couples, started a new Baptist church in 1973. When, after 10 years of meeting in University of New Hampshire buildings, the church was ready for its own building, Evelyn served as Chairman of the Building Committee. Today, that church is one of the largest and most active churches in that area and still growing. In summary, it can be said that wherever she went, she brought with her the love and presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

After moving back to Holland in 1990, she was an active member of Beechwood Church, the Evergreen Commons Senior Dutch Dancers, the Evergreen Commons Tulip Time Luncheon show, HASP (Hope Academy of Senior Professionals), and the Holland Country Club.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Mulder ’28; her sister, Sara Dams; and grandson, David Martin.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Tony Weller; and her five children, Susan (Norman) Kapp of Carol Stream, Ill., Nancy (John) Black of Wheaton, Ill., John (Diane) Weller of Tulsa, Okla., Fred (Jan) Weller of Plymouth, Mich., and Sally (Robert) Martin of Liverpool, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, Beth (Andrew) Dunning of Nashville, Tenn., Karen (Michael) Trout of Chicago, Ill., Nancy Kapp of Carol Stream, Ill., Melissa (Evan) Hill of Chicago, Ill., Jennifer (Oscar) Ortiz of San Jose, Calif., Judy (Dan) Jones of North Riverside, Ill., Janelle Black of Santa Rosa, Calif., Laura (Seth) O’Day of Manila, Philippine Islands, Kandy Black of Wheaton, Ill., Wesley Weller of Washington D.C., Jillian (Trevor) Morris of Tulsa, Okla., Lisa Martin of Boston, Mass., and Jesse (Andre) Martin of New Bedford, Mass; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Hubert (Ann) Weller; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Norma Albers ’48 Zonnebelt of Jenison, Mich., died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 after suffering a stroke on Oct. 11, in Atlanta, Ga.

Norma was born in Holland on Nov. 19, 1926 and attended Holland High School graduating in 1944. She then attended Hope College during World War II for two years as music major.

Norma is survived by her beloved husband of over 65 years, William (Bill) Zonnebelt; and her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and bob DeVries. Norma and Bill have lived in Jenison with Susan and Bob for the past three and half years because Norma needed assistance with her daily care. Prior to that time they were life-long residents of Holland.

Norma is blessed with a wonderful granddaughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Chris Byrd; and step-grandchildren, Brian DeVries, Todd and Christy Hultink, and Carrie Geisert. She is the proud great-grandmother of Caleb, Zoe and Wyatt Byrd, Hannah and Sophie Hultink, and Elliot, Hayden and Oliver Geisert. Her extended family includes sisters-in-law, Rosy Tardiff '53 Albers and Mary Jane Van Oosterhout along with several nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her son, Steve Zonnevelt '73, who died several years ago in a plane crash; her younger brother, Bob Albers '52 and son-in-law, Rick Smeenge.