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August 2013 Obituaries


John Beuker '52 (04/25/13)

Helena Gill '53 Blackstock (04/29/13)

Clarence "Con" Boeve '51 (06/6/13)

Rebecca Booi '76 (05/16/13) 

David Breen '72 (06/1/13)

Carret Conover '68 (05/1/13)

Capmrad Keith DeJong '50 (05/16/13)

Steven Geurink '83 (06/12/13)

Carol VanOss '62 Granberg (05/16/13)

Kenneth Kammeraad '53 (05/20/13)

Henry Kieft (3/5/13)

Cleo Vandermolen '48 Ludwick (05/27/13)

Lawrence Lup '57 (04/28/13)

Elin Veenschoten '52 Moerland (05/28/13)

Carroll Nienhuis '60(06/22/13) 

Charles Ramsey '72 (07/07/13)

Mary Kuenzie '49 Rieckmann (06/14/13)

Jack Schrier '66 (05/24/13)

Roger Shafer '51 (06/29/13)

Emma Kewett '48 Siefert (05/24/13)

John Stout '79 (05/16/13)

Stephen Veldhuis '63 (4/4/13)

Jill VanderLaan '78 Wright (4/19/13)



John Beuker '52 of Marshall, Mich., died on Thursday, April 25, 2013. He was 81.

Dr. Beuker practiced for many years at Providence Hospital where he had served as Chief of Orthopedics. In the later 1960 ’s he taught at Wayne State University’s Medical School besides practicing orthopedics. He returned to his hometown of Marshall in 1982 and served as their orthopedic surgeon at Oaklawn Hospital until his retirement in March 1999. He was an active member of Marshall United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife and partner, Carol Beuker; their children, Kathy Beuker (Doug ’80) VanderMeulen of Acworth, Marshall, John Trompen (Mary Sue Campbell ’83) Beuker ’80 of Charlotte, N.C., and Melissa “Missy” Beuker ’82 (Tom) Martin of Acworth, Ga.; ten grandchildren, including Amy VanDerMeulen ’08 (Benjamin ’08) Smith, John Beuker ’09 and Katelyn Beuker ’10; his sisters, Nan (Bob) Froelich of Holland, Mich., and Carol (Jack) Krauss of Corvallis, Ore.

 Helena Gill '53 Blackstock of Houston, Texas died on Monday, April 29, 2013. She was 81.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Blackstock; son, Clayton (Sherry Ryan) Blackstock; and one granddaughter.

Clarence "Con" Boeve '51 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, June 6, 2013. He was 83.

Con was born in Holland on July 4, 1929. He attended Holland Christian Schools and was a graduate of Hope College in 1951. He was a life-long member of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church where he served in various leadership positions.

Con served in the Michigan National Guard for 16 years and rose to the rank of Captain. He retired from Herman Miller as a vice president following 35 years of employment.

During his years with Herman Miller, Con traveled extensively throughout the world establishing new markets for the company’s products. He had a positive influence on people of many cultures and treated everyone with dignity and civility. Con enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, fishing, sailing, his home on Lake Mac, and God’s outdoors. His family always enjoyed his wisdom and sense of humor.

Con is survived and will be greatly missed by Donna, his loving wife of 62 years; his beloved children, Brian ’74 and Jodi Boeve of Holland, Cynthia and Kirk Wright of Holland; grandchildren, Nicole and Lance Kuipers, Nathan and Christina Boeve, Aaron and Tiffanie Boeve, Andrea and Michael Stam, Derek and Julie Wright, Sarah and Dan Draeger, Elizabeth and Chris Gunnink; 12 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Julia Bosch, Cora Dykema; stepbrothers, Eddie and June Barber, Homer and Mariam Barber, in-laws, Jeanette Barber, Norma Van Loo, Marvin and Nancy Kragt, Phyllis Kragt, Hazel Kragt, Beverly Kragt; many nieces and nephews.



Rebecca Booi '76 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, May 16, 2013 following complications from cancer.

Becky was employed by Northwestern University but came recently to live with her parents in Holland to receive treatment. She grew up in Illinois and attended Hope College. Becky was the sweet, loving daughter of Duane and Phyllis (P.J.) Booi.

Surviving also are her brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Nancy Booi of Lake Odessa; nephews, Michael and Andrew Booi; cousins, Richard and Shirley Fiets of Fisher, Illinois, Dr. Charles and Ann Smith of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and their extended families; special friend, John Atwood of Chicago; and numerous other family and friends.

David Breen '72 of Hudsonville, Mich., died on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from complications related to carcinoid cancer. He was 63.

Born to Peter and Pauline Breen on Jan. 10, 1950, in Holland, Mich. He attended schools in Fremont and Grand Rapids. Graduated from hope College and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mi. Served as pastor at Southridge Reformed Church in Portage, Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland, Fair Haven Ministries and Sunrise Ministries in Hudsonville. He also served in an administrative position for the denomination of the Reformed Church in America.

Dave had a passion for youth and spent much time nurturing and mentoring them to be faith leaders in their churches and communities. He began a specialized program called Young Seekers for you people to begin their spiritual journey and commitment to Christ in a personal way. Dave also had a heart for the hurting. His door was always open to anyone in need of care and counsel. He began a ministry for hurting church leaders called Leader Renewal Institute. But his first love was his family.

He was a devoted husband, father and “papa” Dave love going to Hope College basketball games with his son and grandchildren. He enjoyed the Detroit tigers and we cherish the memory of our last family outing to a game in a suite at Comerica Park. Preceded in death by father-in-law, Edward De Boer and sister-in-law, Barbara De Boer.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Sue (DeBoer) Breen; children, Leah (Kent) Deyoung, Rachel Breen ’99 (Chad) Chapman, David ’07 (Heather) Breen; grandchildren, Lydia De Young and Makenzie, Jakob and Lukas Chapman (all of Hudsonville). Also survived by his parents, Rev. Peter ’49 and Pauline (Stegenga ’48) Breen; his brother and sisters, Rev. Stephen (Linda) Breen of Orange City, Iowa, Mary and Dr. Jim Veldkamp, Ruthe and Robert Stacey, Beth and Jim Koerner, all of Grand Rapids, Mother-in-law, Jeanette De Boer, brother and sisters-in-law, Edward De Boer, Patricia and Rick Van De Burg, all of Holland, Paul (Pamela) DeBoer of Glenn Ellyn, Ill., many aunts, uncles nieces and nephews.


Garret Conover '68 of Factoryville, Pa., died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. He was 68.

Garry was born December 25, 1944, in Trenton, N.J. He is the son of Ruthe Conover, Myerstown, Pa., and the late John G. Conover. He graduated in 1963 from Central High; Pennington, N.J. Garry attended Keystone College and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and also the Pennsylvania School of Banking and the American School of Banking.

After graduating, Garry and his wife moved back to Pa., and built a home outside of Factoryville. Garry first worked at that time for the newly opened J.C. Penney’s at the Viewmont Mall in the position of assistant manager. He made a career change in 1071 when he worked his way up through banking first as teller at the Bank of Dalton and then manager of Bank of Archbald. He went on to be the CEO and Vice President of the 1st National Bank of Nicholson. Later he was the CEO of the 1st National Bank of Jessup until the bank merged into Jermyn Bank.

In 1991, Garry joined the law firm of Oliver, Price and Rhodes, serving as the office manager until his retirement in September of 2009. Garry loved fishing and always took great joy in the fishing times he had with his grandson, Jacob. He loved playing cards and board games with his youngest grandson, Dillon.

He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, woodworking, gardening and his extensive Bonsai collection. Garry was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and friends. Garry was very active with the Boy Scout troop 174 of Factoryville, serving as Assistant Scout Master and treasurer. He also served on the board of dire tors for Tyler Memorial Hospital, the Wyoming County United Way, the Salvation Army and Board of Independent Banks of Susquehanna County. He also was a member of the Nicholson United Methodist Church. He served on the administrative board and was auditor for many years. Garry enjoyed singing in the church choir, baking and selling the church’s Welsh cookies and helping out at the annual turkey supper.

Garry is survived by his wife, Evelyn Conover, his mother, Ruthe; son, Gary and his wife, Lisa; two grandsons, Jacob and Dillon; a sister, Gail Malsbury; a brother, Jim; and several nieces and nephews.




Conrad Keith DeJong '50 of Waterville, MN, formerly of Faribault, MN, Tucson, AZ and Kodaikanal, India, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Waterville Good Samaritan Center after a slide deep into Alzheimer’s, "the scourge" he called it. He was 84.

Keith’s Minnesota memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00pm at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault. It will be the Covenant Service from the Church of South India’s Book of Common Worship, celebrating this transition with the rich, prayerful language and music Keith loved. Keith was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait on December 8, 1928 to Rev. Garrett Edward DeJong ’22, Sr. and Everdene (Kuyper ’23) DeJong. One of his "claims to fame" was being the first European boy born in Kuwait. His parents were missionaries with the Reformed Church of America. Garrett built and pastored the Kuwait Mission Church. Everdene wrote a book on Spoken Arabic, and Keith spoke Arabic fluently as a child.

Keith attended Kodaikanal Missionary School in southern India from the ripe old age of 10, a hardship for both his parents and him, but a place that generated many lasting friendships and a great education. He graduated in the class of ’46. Keith excelled in school, track, trombone and singing. He became a stand-out tenor from high school on through the remainder of his life, packing concert halls and churches throughout India and the US, singing his last public performances in 2008 at the age of 79 and 2009 at the age of 80.

He attended Hope College in Holland, MI, graduated in 1951, and returned to Kodaikanal to teach choral and band music from 1957 until retirement in 1993. He was well-loved.He served in the US Marine Corps between 1951 and 1953 during the Korean Conflict, his musical prowess earning him the job of chaplain’s assistant, carrying the small fold-up organ and helping provide music for services on the bases. Keith was horrified to see ill-conceived battle plans sending many good men to needless deaths, a lose-lose situation that put a sadness in his heart, made him quiet and question authority.

He married Marcine Ruth Muilenburg ’53 of Orange City on June 25, 1952. They had four living children who will always remember their dad’s innate goodness, impeccable tone and wardrobe, bad puns, teasing Mom, the smell of Rumalaya, musical blessings sung together before each meal, Alphonse -that crazy flea, and a deep abiding faith in the power of the Holy Spirit in this world.

Keith is survived by his brothers, Dr. David ’55 and Dorothea Essebaggers ’55 DeJong, Garrett Edward ’58 and Mary (Lindquist) DeJong; his sons, Garry and Suzanne (Smith) DeJong of Everett, WA, Dr. Bruce and Tamar (Ulrich) DeJong of India, James and Dawn (Reynolds) DeJong of San Antonio, TX; his daughter, Dorothy DeJong (Jeff Jarvis) of Waterville, MN; his grandchildren Terah, Hans, S. Ketsa, Leif, and Andry DeJong; Noelle and Annelise DeJong, and Hunter DeJong-Caron; his sister-in-law, Lee Roos, many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; toddler sister, Marjorie Beth; toddler brother, John Norman; in-laws, Ivan (Winifred) Muilenberg, Allen Roos and nephew Kent DeJong.


Steven Geurink '83 of Zeeland, Mich., went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Steve graduated from Allendale Public School and Hope College. He was a member of Friendship Chapel where he was serving as an elder and was a member of the praise team. Steve worked for Worldwide Christian Schools for many years. He was a pitcher for many fast pitch softball teams in the area. He enjoyed camping, family activities and watching his kid's sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; and children, Lisa '12, Grant, Victoria, Glenn all at home; parents, Glenn and Betty Geurink of Zeeland, LaVerne and Joanne Bronkema of Olive Township; brother and sisters, Scott and Marcia Geurink of Tijuana, MX, Deb and Wayne DeYoung of Zeeland, Susan and Michael Dozeman of Zeeland; brothers and sisters-in law, Michael and Lona Bronkema of Olive Township, Carol and Connor Holt of Bitely, MI, Calvin and Linda Bronkema of Zeeland; many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.



Carol VanOss '62 Granberg died on Wednesday, May 16, 2013, in Holland.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Granberg '67 and Dan Joldersma of Holland, Karin Granberg-Michaelson '70 and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson '67 of Kentwood, and Linda and Wade Popovich of Burke, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Dirk '95 and Lisa Meengs '95 Joldersma, Kevin '98 and Kelly Bush '98 Joldersma, Jon Krister Granberg-Michaelson '04, Karis Rose Granberg-Michaelson '10, Sarah '08 and Matthew Popovich Judge, Michael Popovich; seven great-grandchildren, Oscar, Garett, Anneka, Henry, Ella, Celia and Natalie Joldersma; and her brother, Paul Van Oss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Mable (Anderson) Van Oss; her sister and brother-in-law, June and Wilbur Hoekstra; and her sister-in-law, Barbara Van Oss.

Carol was born on December 20, 1919, in Grand Rapids, MI. She attended Oakleigh School and graduated from Union High School at age 16. She got a degree from Davenport Business College and then attended Wheaton College (Illinois) where she met her future husband, Lars Granberg, while working in the college dining hall. Carol left Wheaton to marry Lars on February 13, l943 and she followed him on his in-country assignments until he was sent overseas. During this period, she continue her education at the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, MO.

She completed her education at Hope College, graduating in the class of 1962 with a degree in elementary education. Carol taught at Longfellow School (Holland Public Schools) and Cornelia Glerum Elementary School (West Ottawa Public Schools) until 1966 when she and Lars moved to Orange City, IA. Carol was a member of the Hope College Faculty Dames and the Woman's Literary Club of Holland.

When Lars accepted a position at Fuller Theological Seminary, she joined the Fuller Seminary Auxiliary. Also at that time, along with her husband, she sponsored the Foreign Student Association. Later, during their years in Orange City, IA, she enthusiastically embraced the role of wife of the president of Northwestern College and in partnership with her husband participated in a full range of college activities. While there she joined the P.E.O., became the first woman elder of the American Reformed Church and founded the Tulip Festival Flower Show. Upon their return to Holland, Carol was an elder, a Stephen Minister, a member of the Christian Education Council of Third Reformed Church and participated in a church-sponsored tutoring program at Lincoln School which emphasized reading.

Throughout her life, Carol led many Bible studies for women's circles. She contributed to a devotional book entitled Today Is Yours, and co-authored with Lars two monthly series of daily meditations for Words of Hope as well a Bible study book entitled Attaining the Fullness of Christ. In retirement, Carol enjoyed gardening, hosting gatherings of her extended family, traveling to visit children both in this country and overseas, camping and participating in Elderhostels with Lars and friends, and was an active member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, her P.E.O. Chapter, the Century Club and HASP (Hope Academy of Senior Professionals). She and Lars were also members of the committee which organized Young Life in the Holland area high schools. Above all, Carol was a loving wife and devoted mother.



Kenneth Kammeraad '53 of Grand Haven,died on Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home. He was born April 18, 1931 in Grand Haven to the late Joseph and Hannah (Van Doorne) Kammeraad.

Ken married Elizabeth Davison '54 and she preceded him in death. Ken attended Hope College from 1949 to 1951. He finished his Mortuary Science Degree at Wayne University from 1951-1952 and served as the class president.

He enlisted and served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1952 to 1956. After returning to Grand Haven, he worked with his father at the Kammeraad Funeral Home before starting his long career as a banker: working for Security First Bank & Trust, Pacesetter Bank & Trust and retiring from Old Kent Bank in 1996.

During his life he was active in many community and professional organizations; founding member of the Grand Haven AMBUCS, Grand Haven Kiwanis Club, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. From 1966 to 1996, he served as a member of the Michigan Bankers Association and was a past president and director of the Chamber of Commerce from 1971 to 1975.

Ken was a Treasurer and Trustee of the North Ottawa Community Hospital Authority from 1967 to 1977 and was an Elder from 1967 to 1970 at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven. He was a co-founder of The Guild of Shakers Crafts in Spring Lake. The Guild was involved in making Shaker furniture for more than 18 years. He also enjoyed model ship building, long train rides, big cities and traveling by ship.

Ken is survived by his loving family; son, Joel (Judi) Kammeraad of Spring Lake; daughter Lisa Jacobs of White Cloud; special friend, Mickey Ver Duin of Spring Lake; grandchildren, Derek, Drew, Emily and Riley of Spring Lake and Amber (Jeramie) of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Brice and Zander also of Rockford and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Thomas Jacobs.


Henry Kieft '50of Buffalo, previously of Wayzata, passed away on March 5, 2013.

He will be missed by his wife, Gertrude of 38 years; 5 children, Robert '70, Thomas (Gail), Gwen (Rich), Janis, Kristin; 6 step- children, Wendy (John), Leslie (Mike), Mary (Kirk), Michael (Tim), Rob (Connie), Debra (Brad); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette (Bud); brother, John '63 (Joyce DeKorver '65); special family friend, Robert Gardner; many relatives and friends.




Cleo Vandermolen '48 Ludwick passed away peacefully at home in LeSueur, MN, on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the age of 86.

She was a loving, joyful, giving presence and will be deeply missed by all her family and a host of dear friends. Cleo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on December 7, 1926, to Gerrit and Alice (Rinvelt) Vander Molen.

She had one brother, Robert Vander Molen, who predeceased her.

In 1947 she married John Martin Ludwick and they enjoyed 52 loving years together before his death in 1999. Cleo graduated from Union High School, and went on to earn her B.A. from Hope College, her M.A. from Western Michigan University, and her M.Div. and D.Min. from Western Theological Seminary.

She was one of the first women ordained in the Reformed Church of America. Cleo worked as an elementary school music teacher in Newaygo, MI; Chaplain for Adolescents at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, MI; Associate Minister at Church of the Saviour, R.C.A. in Coopersville, MI; and Chaplain at Hospice of North Ottawa Community in Grand Haven, MI.

Cleo will be joyfully remembered by her four children, Carol Ann Ludwick '71 (Daniel '71) Powers, Martin John Ludwick, Kathryn Sue Bader, and Alison Joy (Brian) Hatcher; her nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, John, Benjamin, Heather '04, Meghan, Abigail, Maxwell, Marshall, and Gerrit; and her eight great-grandchildren Seth, Norman, Samuel, Malakai, Walton, Avery, Caroline, and Lauren. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Lois Vredevelt, Norma Van Dyke, and Marjorie Vander Molen; her brother-in-law, Ralph (Eva Schuiling '52) Ludwick '61, and many nieces and nephews.


Lawrence Lup '57died April 28, 2013 at Arbor Hospice. He was born July 25, 1935 in Highland Park, MI.

Larry graduated from Hope College, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Larry has practiced dentistry in Ann Arbor since 1966. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas & Elva "Pat" Lup.

Elin Veenschoten '52 Moerlandof Holland, died on Tuesday May 28, 2013. Married to Abraham Moerland '50 for 62 years who preceded her in death on August 31, 2012. Also preceding her, Adam Lucas '05 grandson.

She is survived by her children, Abe Jr. (Wanda) Moerland, Voni (Phil) Lucas, Mark '77 (Jill) Moerland, Kari Moerland '78 (Ray) Fron, Tim (Carolyn) Moerland, Paul (Kathy) Moerland, Jon (Judy) Moerland; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Girard Veenschoten '41 and sister Joann (Jack) Hill. Elin was born in China to the Rev. and Mrs. H.M. Veenschoten.

She attended Shanghai American School and Hope College where she met her husband. She was an active member of Central Reformed Church of Grand Rapids and friend of Hope Reformed Church of Holland. She and Abe were owners of Bin An Oan Orchards in Byron Center for over 40 years. Ellie worked with the Byron Center Public Schools and was a sideline cheerleader for many, especially her grandchildren and their many activities.

Carroll Nienhuis '60 of Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Carroll was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland High School. In 1965, he married Doris Vredeveld. Carroll worked for Micromatic-Textron for 31years. He was a member of Rose Park Reformed Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and taught Sunday school for 31 years.

For many years, Carroll and his family enjoyed spending time at their cottage on Big Star Lake.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harlan Nienhuis; and sister, Shirley Nienhuis. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Doris Nienhuis of Holland; children, Shelly and Mel Plockmeyer of Zeeland, Missy and Nate Boyce of Holland, Todd and Melissa Nienhuis of Zeeland; his grandchildren, Rachel Plockmeyer and fiancé, Matthew Burns, Leah and Joseph Alfonso, Jared Plockmeyer, Emma Boyce, Owen Boyce, Eli Boyce, Abbigal Nienhuis, Annaley Nienhuis and Addison Nienhuis; in-laws, Merle and Marilyn Vredeveld of Zeeland, Lyla and Dave Doyle of Holland, Alma and Paul DeVries of Zeeland, Ron Lezman of Zeeland, Norm and Bonnie Vredeveld of Zeeland; several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Charles Ramsey '72 of Holland, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013, after a courageous battle with myelofibrosis.

His beloved wife, Janet (Griggs), was by his side as she has been for 44 years.Born on Sept. 5, 1947, to the late Dr. Hugh Ramsey and Gail (Glenn) Ramsey, in Bloomington, Indiana, Charley graduated from Bloomington High School. He attended Hope College until he served his country in the U.S. Army from the spring of 1969 until the fall of 1971, which included a tour in Vietnam.

After his military service, he returned with Janet to Holland to finish his business studies at Hope College in 1972. In 2004, Charley retired from Rapistan-Dematic after 30 years of service and spent his time enjoying baseball and college basketball, tinkering around the house and resorting at the family cottage.

Charley was a simple family man, who is not only survived by his wife; but his children and grandchildren, Stephen ’92 and Kimberly Ramsey (Alexander, Nicholas, Madeline, Clare, Blake) of Holland, Susan Ramsey ’94 and Keith Williams (Kiley, Tanner) of Grand Haven, Sarah and Chad Vanden Bosch of Holland, Katherine Ramsey ’03 and Eric Opalewski (Annabelle, Charles) of Indianapolis; siblings, Dr. John (Carol) Ramsey, Frances (Dr. Bernard) Greenwell; in-laws, Carol Ramsey Lewis, Beth Ann (John) Maiden; many nieces and nephews. Charley was preceded in death by this brother, James Ramsey.

Mary Kuenzie '49 Rieckmann was born to Fred and Florence (Fleischmann) Kuenzie in Muskegon, MI in 1926.

She died Friday, June 14, 2013 at Holland Hospital. She attended grade school in Muskegon Heights, then went to Hope College, Muskegon Community College and Evanston Teacher's College.

She is survived by her four children, Chris St. John (Bill Rhodes) of Holland, MI, R. Scott Rieckmann (Deborah Lee) of Winston-Salem, NC, and their daughter Kinzie Rieckmann of Atlanta, GA, Blair Rieckmann (Elizabeth Brandt) of Holland, MI, and Dana Rieckmann of Fullerton, CA.

A longtime member of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Muskegon, Mary was in the Altar Guild, served on the vestry, and as head of the Calling Committee. She worked as a receptionist at State Farm Insurance, as a teacher's aide at Catholic Central High School, in the heating assistance program at St. Gregory's, and as her mother's caregiver. After moving to Holland several years ago, she made many friends at Oak Crest and at Grace Episcopal Church. Mary loved reading, playing word games and was a big NASCAR fan.


Jack Schrier '66 of Ocala, FL died at his home on May 24, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

Jack, an international financier and Vanguard High School girls' tennis coach, was born on November 7, 1940 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following his graduation from Kalamazoo University High School, he attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Hope College in Holland MI, and Georgetown University in Washington D.C, where he received his doctorate in Arabic History and Culture.

He was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the American University in Beirut, and the American University of Cairo, Egypt. A U.S. Army veteran, Jack spent most of his career in international finance banking, while living in Westport and Ridgefield, CT. In Ocala, he was an avid sportsman in tennis and golf, and an active member of St. Paul's UMC's choir.

Jack is survived by his wife Diane Schrier; his son Eric Schrier of Virginia; daughters Rebecca Schrier, Washington D.C., Jillian Schrier, Gainesville; and brother Mike '64 (Lorna VerMeer '63) Schrier, Montgomery, AL. He is also survived by many cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Trudy Schrier and brother, Billy Schrier.

Roger Shafer '51 of Holland, was ushered into the presence of the Lord and Savior he faithfully served on Saturday, June 29, 2013, the 90th birthday of his wife, Myrna.

He is survived by his children, Nina and Dr. Dan Davenport of Somerdale, NJ, Jeannette and the Reverend Dr. Jonathan Brownson of Holland, MI and Linda and Doug Sniesak of Grand Rapids, MI; he is also survived by 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Henry Smith and Donald Kittle of Schenectady, NY; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Barbara Kascel of Holland. Born April 23, 1923 in Cobleskill, NY, to Harold and Edythe Shafer. Reverend Shafer was preceded in death by his dear wife of 38 years, Myrna in 1988; his parents; and sister, Barbara Smith.

A graduate of Hope College, Westminster Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary, he was pastor of the First Congregational Church of North Collins, NY, and went on to serve congregations of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces, NM (University Presbyterian Church), St. Louis, MO and Lexington, VA. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corp.


Emma Jewett '48 Siefert passed away on May 24, 2013. She was born on February 14, 1923 in Mason, Michigan to Alton and Ione (Sanders) Jewett. She graduated from Mason High School and later graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Emma Belle married Donald Siefert on June 16, 1951. She taught elementary school in Rockford, Michigan and later worked as a caseworker for the State of Illinois. Emma was a member of Riverside Assembly of God Church in Rockford; she loved her family, gardening, her puppies, and spending time with her senior friends at church.

She is survived by her husband, Donald and her children, Paul Siefert, Mark (Judy) Siefert, Joel Siefert, and Beth (Terry) Miller. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Emma Belle is preceded in death by her parents, sister; Marion Hansen and brothers Herschel and Joe Jewett.


John Stout '79of Los Angeles, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, John participated in the cross-country team, honor societies, and traveled internationally playing his trombone. He taught himself to ride a unicycle, climbing up and down stairs with ease. John received his BA from Hope College and his MA from Michigan State University. John was a highly respected therapist, known by his colleagues and patients for his compassion and clinical expertise.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Stout, nieces, Elizabeth and Olivia, and his many friends, including, Leonard Sabalvaro, Lisa Bove, Elaine Ahmad, and TJ Paez.


Stephen Veldhuis '63 the son of Berend Jan and Siepkje (Veenstra) Veldhuis, was born November 9, 1928, in Almelo, Overyssel, Netherlands. He immigrated with his parents, sister, and brother to Alton, Iowa, in 1953, leaving behind his (then) fiancée, Ann Slot.

In January of 1955, he went back to Holland to get married hoping to make it easier and faster for Ann to come to America. Finally in October of 1955, she got her papers as well. They made their home in Alton, Iowa, where Steve became an electrician.

On June 8, 1957, their daughter Sylvia Elizabeth was born in Orange City, Iowa. In 1959, the family moved to Holland, Michigan, where Steve attended Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. In 1963, he graduated and accepted a call from the Ireton Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa. He also served churches in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Knoxville, Iowa, Ackley, Iowa, and Ellsworth, Minnesota. In 1994, he retired and he and Ann moved to Pella, Iowa, where Steve has been working part-time as "Assistant Pastor of Calling" for the First Christian Reformed Church. He also has been preaching regularly.

Steve went to his heavenly home Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of eighty-four.

Steve leaves behind his wife, Ann, his daughter Sylvia, and grandsons, Jesse and Caleb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Minnie Scholten; brother, Henry Veldhuis, and son-in-law, Robert Uitermarkt.


 Jill VanderLaan '78 Wright died unexpectedly in an accident at her home in Saginaw on Friday, April 19, 2013. She was 56.

Born May 2, 1956, in El Paso, Texas, Jill was the daughter of Dr. Gordon '51 and Marilyn (Timmer) Vanderlaan of Fremont. She graduated in 1974 from Fremont High School, and later from Hope College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

She married Lloyd Chester Wright in 1981. Jill was a talented and creative freelance writer and editor who started her own business, Wright Copywriting in Saginaw, after having worked as a copy director at Bradford-LaRiviere and The Scott & Miller Group. Jill loved to travel and was equally happy wandering the dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan or enjoying the museums, galleries and theaters of New York City.

She liked to support original artists, and filled her home with distinctive pieces she collected in her travels. She loved fly-fishing and spent many happy times at the family's cabin on the Little Manistee River. She shared a love of jazz with her father and was a talented pianist and composer. Her other passions included gardening, horseback riding and spoiling her beloved dogs. Jill cared deeply about people and was a fervent advocate of human rights and social justice.

She devoted much time to volunteer work such as writing and editing newsletters to support the cause of non-profit groups she believed in. She was also generous to individuals, quick to help out when someone, even a stranger, fell on hard times. She delighted in giving gifts and was one of those rare people who can think of the perfect gift for loved ones. Her empathy was one of her defining traits. J

ill is survived by her mother, Marilyn Vanderlaan of Fremont; brother, Mark (Billie) Vanderlaan of Newaygo; sister, Anne (Kevin) Williams of Seattle, WA; nephews, John Vanderlaan and Jesse Vanderlaan, both of Seattle, WA; stepsons Timothy (Karen) Wright of Ann Arbor, Bradley (Helen) Wright of Marietta, Georgia, Jason (Beckey) Wright of Chardon, Ohio and seven step-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Wright, in 2012 and her father, Gordon Vanderlaan, in 2006.