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June 2013 Obituaries

Larry Arends '59 (4/4/13)

Susan VanWyk '68 Benedict (2/21/13)

Adrian Blauwkamp (4/2/13)

Dorothy Kruizenga '51 Boelens (1/1/13)

Wendell "Dell" Boersma '48 (4/23/13)

Annette Bratt '66 (3/23/13)

Mary Jane Dinkeloo '44 Chandler (3/24/13)

Carol Kile Comeau '46 (2/17/13)

Robert Danhof '47 (3/1/13)

Allan Deitz '62 (3/31/13)

Doris Koskamp '50 DeVette (5/9/13)

Mary Dykema '73 (4/1/13)

Lester Ellerbrook '32 (2/16/13)

Oliver Emerson (5/7/13)

John Forsten '49 (1/20/13)

Wallace Friedberg '49 (8/5/12)

Ethelyn Schaap '37 Garrard (2/28/13)

Tod Gugino '85 (4/20/13)

Ann Mary Hartney (3/29/13)

Meri-jo Helmink '77 (3/9/13)

James Hilmert '58 (3/15/13)

John Humme '52 (2/23/13)

Laura Johnson '48 (4/20/13)

Rudolf Katerberg '60 (5/12/13)

Helen Wilhelm '45 Kerle (1/17/13)

Georgiana (Lucile) Kooyers '44 (4/6/13)

Margaret Feldmann '52 Kruizenga (4/28/13)

Barbara Lemmen (3/8/13)

Glenn Looman '68 (2/20/13)

Dorothy Preston '58 Noble (4/20/13)

Marjorie (Janet) Snow '48 Pontier (4/4/13)

Gayle Pott '47 (3/5/13)

Ronald Schaap '63 (9/4/06)

Sera Cook '39 Schuber (1/7/12)

G. Frederick Shanholzer (3/12/13)

David Smith '77 (3/8/13)

Mary Harper '32 Standen (3/17/13)

David Sterk '80 (4/5/13)

Bernice Nichols '49 Stokes (3/6/13)

Sarah Penny '73 Tappert (12/29/12)

Barbara Dee Folensbee '43 Timmer (5/16/13)

Marian TerBorg '48 Toren (4/21/13)

Frances Van Allsburg (2/7/13)

Albert VanDyke '40 (4/11/13)

James Van Til '65 (4/22/13)

James Zoetewey (5/11/13)


Larry Arends ’59 of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 75.

He graduated from Western Theological Seminary and pastored the First Reformed Church of Alexander, Iowa; the Bethel Reformed Church of Bellflower, Calif., the Midland Reformed Church of Midland; and the New Life community Church of Milwaukee, Wis.; he retired to Holland.

Larry is survived by his children, David Arends of Miami, Mo., Karen and Todd Nykamp of Holland, Andrew Arends of Milwaukee, Wis., grandchildren, Richard Antolovich, Lindie Arends, Katie Arends, Daniel Arends, Brooke Nykamp, Brittney Nykamp, Whitnie Schurman; sisters, Judy Miller of Hendersonville, N.C. , Arlene Arends ’64 and Bill Waldorf of Buena Vista, Colo., Joanne and Curtis Kooy of Merrillville, Ind., Marcie and Don Wheeler of Crown Point, Ind.


Susan VanWyk ’68 Benedict of Newark, N.J., died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. She was 66.

Sue was born the daughter of the late Gordon and Bertha (Vis) VanWyk on Thursday, June 13, 1946 in Hartford, Conn. She graduated from the American School in Japan in 1964 and then received her bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1968.

Following college, she taught English abroad in Japan. Sue most recently was a tutor at the Midlakes schools. She was a member of the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark and was involved with the choir and bell choir. She also sang with the Canaltown Chorale. Quilting, gardening and crafts were just some of the things Sue enjoyed. Sue was a member of the Breast Cancer Support Group and a past volunteer of the Victims Resource Center.

Sue will be remembered by her sons, Todd (Denise) Benedict of Pa., Jason Benedict of Texas and Ian (Amber) Benedict of Newark; daughters, Shannon Benedict of Fla., twins Jana (Andre) Benedict-Karjohn of Albany and Cara Benedict of Fla.; grandchildren, Nolan and Braylan Benedict; brothers, Jud of R.I. and Jim (Lisa) VanWyk of Mich.; sisters, Rev. Nancy (Rev. David) Phillips of Pa., Pat ( Jim) Bartlett of Ind., and Julie (John) Clough of Mich.; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Adrian Blauwkamp of Zeeland, Mich., died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. He was 92.

Adrian was born May 14, 1920, in Borculo, to Joe and Jennie (Luurtsema) Blauwkamp. Adrian served his country for almost 4 years during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He married Marie Geerlings and they raised their family in Zeeland. They were members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Adrian worked for GM for 41 years, while working on the family farm. He later worked for Family Fare, and enjoyed bird watching, traveling, and attending road scholars programs. Adrian was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church PCA.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marie Geerlings ’62 Blauwkamp; children, Arla (Jim) Decker of Muskegon, Roger (Jackie) Blauwkamp of Holland, Karen (Mark) Bos of Zeeland, Laverne Blauwkamp of Holland; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, siblings, Junior (Genevieve ) Blauwkamp, Fannie Essenburg, Marjorie (Marvin) Vork, Gladys Blauwkamp, and many nieces and nephews.


Dorothy Kruizenga '51 Boelens - Our dear “Dort” went to host a huge party in Heaven on New Year’s Day 2013.She was born in Spring Lake to Richard and Kathryn Kruizenga on August 7, 1929 the oldest of her siblings Richard and Georgia.

She married her next door neighbor and best friend, Gordon Boelens on September 3, 1949. Dort and Gord had four children, Mike, Greg, Cindy and Kristie. Dort’s life on earth was spent as a hostess to everyone; the extended family Christmas Eve gatherings, the summer pool parties, the elaborate dinners and the helping of anyone in need. Even in her last months, she thought it was Christmas, so she could have one more party to host.

Dort’s career life started with working for Gord’s business Boelens Electric as the bookkeeper. She worked from home with the four kids running around! She worked as a teller at Old Kent Bank. She was the first Director of Women’s Ministry at Christ Community Church; a job where her creative skills were put to good use. When she took the job at Jacobson’s store, her buying skills got used frequently!

Dort loved everyone unconditionally. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched, so many to list, but we have to mention her Tuesday noon high school friends, neighbors, the Bridge club that met for 50 years, her Christ Community Church friends, and the Rhem family.

Dort is survived by her husband, Gordon, her children: Mike '72 and his children Marta and Aaron Roskowski with Greyson and Taylor, Gretchen and Ryan Lane, Kyle Boelens; Greg '74 (a.k.a Mac) and Mary and their daughters Nicki, Elyse and Sally; Cindy '76 and Dick Hyde '76 and their children CR and Johanna and MacKenzie; Kristie '77 and David Epplett and their sons Eric and Trevor; her brother and sister-in-law Richard '52 and Margaret Feldman '52 Kruizenga; Gord’s brother Herbert and Doris Boelens; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wendell Boersma ’48 of Iowa City, Iowa, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. He was 88.

Dell was born on Oct. 31, 1924, in Holland, the son of Henry and Grace Mulder Boersma. He was a graduate of Hope College, where he met Elaine. On February 3, 1945, he married Elaine Mensinger in Hollywood, Fla.

Dell served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945. He received his M.A. form Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dell was a professor in the college of Education at the University of Iowa for 23 years, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, he had been principal at Lakeshore High School in Michigan and had been employed by the Bureau of School Services at the University of Michigan. In 1967, they moved to Iowa City.

Dell had also served as the Iowa State Director for the North Central Association. He was a member of First United Methodist church, the Noon Lions Club and was a volunteer at the Crisis Center Food Bank and recorded books for the Iowa Department for the Blind. Dell sang with the Voices of Experience.

He was an avid Hawkeye fan and loved the Detroit tigers. Dell was articulate, open-minded and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved his family and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Elaine Mensinger ’46 Boersma; and their three children, Nancy (Steve) Weber of Iowa City, Mark (Judy) Boersma of Churchville, Pa., and Brian (Michelle) Boersma of Marshall, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Emily, Matthew, Ivy, Kent, Joshua, Stephanie, Claire and timothy; one great-grandson, Max Peterson; three siblings Vernon (Lois Hinkamp ’44) Boersma ’44 of Holland, Philip (Julie) Boersma of Lake Forest, Ill., and Connie Boersma ’53 (William ’51) Hinga. Dell was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Christopher Weber.


Annette Bratt '66 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was 95.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Anita Bratt of Grand Rapids, and by many nieces and nephews who were blessed by her life.

A former legal secretary and administrator of the Veteran's Trust Fund in Holland, Mich., she then served nearly 15 years as Chief Clerk of the Ottawa County 58th District Court in Hudsonville, from which position she retired in 1983. Miss Bratt was a lifelong, active member of Pillar Church in Holalnd, Michigan


Mary Jane Dinkeloo '44 Chandler of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, March 24, 2013. She was 90.

Born in Holland, Mary Jane graduated from Holland High school. She attended Hope College where she met her husband Alvin Borr. Together they owned and oeprated Sullivan Borr Funeral Home in Grand Rapids until their retirement in 1982. Mary Jane was an active member of Garfield Park Reformed Church and for 20 years did volunteer work at Butterworth Hospital.

In 1991, following Alvin's death, Mary Jane married Robert chandler and moved back to the Holland area where they became members of First Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Borr, in 1969 as well as her first husband, Alvin H. Borr '42 in 1990 and second husband, Robert Chandler, in 2011.

Survivors include her sons, David Borr of Holland, and Steven (Linda) Borr of Lenexa, Kansas; three grandchldren; one great-grandchild as well as stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.

Carol Kile Comeau '46 ,
Carol M. Comeau of Bloomingburg, NY entered into rest on February 17, 2013 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 88. She was the widow of John Comeau, who was the love of her life. Carol was born in Hasbrouck, NY on April 27, 1924 to Royal G. and Hazel G. LaBagh Kile.

Carol grew up in Hasbrouck, where she happily spent her days exploring the family's farm lands and brook. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a Bachelors Degree. She married and spent her life as a homemaker and Mother and a faithful employee of Ramapo Catskill Library System in Middletown, NY serving as a Librarian there.

After her retirement, she enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, bus trips, knitting mittens, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Mom always had the most beautiful daffodils in the Spring for all to enjoy. Mom was an avid reader and devoted many hours volunteering her time at the Town of Crawford Library in Pine Bush. She was a member of the Pine Bush Methodist Church.

Left with the wonderful memories and loving moments Carol gifted to them throughout her life are her five children: Patricia Canfield Crist '68 and her husband, Stephen of Reidsville, NC, Barbara Madison and her husband, James of Grahamsville, NY, Timothy Canfield and his wife, Mary of Burlingham, NY, Stephen Canfield and his wife, Connie of East Jewett, NY and Doris Canfield of Woodbourne, NY. Carol's 11 grandchildren, Tim, Joy, Andrea, Brian, Keith, Melissa, Emily, Susan, Jesse, Amanda and Megan will always remember her warmth, her love and all the fun times spent together picnicking at the cabin, playing in the brook, playing cardgames and chats over hot cups of tea. She was always the best "Gram" to them all.

Although time did not allow many of Carol's 12 cherished great-grandchildren to know her well, they were nonetheless loved and adored by her. Each of them has special qualities and accomplishments which would have made Great Gram so very proud of them.


Robert Danhof '47 of Holland, MI, age 87, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013.

Bob was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 24, 1925 to Joan (Buter) and Nicholas Danhof. Bob graduated from Zeeland High School, Hope College and The University of Michigan Law School. He married Marguerite (Peggy) Den Herder in 1947 in Holland, Michigan.

He was an assistant U.S. attorney for several years, then became the U.S. Attorney for Western Michigan in 1960. He was elected as a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention, held in 1961-1962. Out of the committee he chaired, came the establishment of the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1962 Bob joined the staff of Governor George Romney as legal advisor. In 1969 he became a judge on the State Court of Appeals.

He was Chief Judge from 1976-1992, when he retired. Following his retirement, Danhof was appointed by Governor Engler to the Michigan Historical Commission, where he served 11 years as vice-chairman. Bob enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of Michigan political history with various groups and he was often consulted by government officials. He was a member of Hope Church in Holland and served on the board of Central Park Chapel.

Bob was an avid Uof M fan, which created interesting dynamics with family members who were Spartans. He enjoyed family dogs, Frank's coffee group in Zeeland and sharing his knowledge of state and local trivia.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peggy, their four children: William (Bill) Danhof and Nancy of East Lansing, Kenneth (Ken) Danhof and Judy of Muskegon, Carol Danhof of Grand Rapids and Linda Danhof of East Lansing, three grandchildren: Angela Meyers (Michael) of Alexandria, VA, Brian Danhof (Karijn Nijhoff) of Den Haag, Netherlands and Michael Danhof of Muskegon.

Allan Deitz '62 of Guilderland, N.Y., died on Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was 72.

An avid reader, researcher and outdoorsman, Allan’s positive attitude, steadfast curiosity and calm presence will be missed by all who knew him. Allan was born in Albany, N.Y. on Nov 24, 1940. He graduated from Mount Pleasant high school in 1958 and attended Hope College from 1958-1962 where he met his future bride, Betty. They were married in Waupun, Wis., on Aug. 24, 1962, and celebrated 50 years of marriage last year at their favorite vacation spot, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.

Allan’s many interests included Amateur (Ham) Radio, researching and documenting local history as well as family history in the Schoharie Valley of New York, exploring and education others about Dutch barns, and canoeing, fishing and hiking in the Adirondacks. Starting life as a “preacher’s kid,” he was a faithful and active member of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church for 42 years.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin (Gertrude) Deitz ’34 of Berne, N.Y.

Allan is lovingly remembered by his wife, Betty Hesselink ’64 Deitz; daughters, Jennifer (Michael) Battaglioli of Overland Park, Kan. and Karen (David) Diligent of Delmar, N.Y.; sister, Arlene Deitz ’65 (Jim) Clark of Essex, Vt.; brother, Gerald (Janice) Deitz of Clifton Park, N.Y.; grandchildren, Isabel, Jack, Jacob, and Evan; and nephew, David (Holly) Clark of Berne, N.Y.


Doris Koskamp ’50 DeVette of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was 84.

Doris Koskamp was born in Oostburg, Wisconsin. She spent her childhood in Oostburg and moved to Holland to attend Hope College, where she earned her teaching degree. It was at Hope that Doris met and fell in love with professor and Coach Russell DeVette, who became her husband in 1949.

Doris and Russ were devoted to each other and to their family of six children, that eventually grew to include fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition to raising their own children, Doris and Russ were foster parents and cared for ten newborn babies until they could find adoptive homes.

Doris was a giving person, who along with Russ, dedicated her life to volunteering her help to others in need. Doris and Russ were charter members of Christ Memorial Church where they were active for over 50 years. In their retirement years, Doris and Russ spent winters at their home in Sun city, Arizona where they regularly played tennis, enjoyed dance classes and took part in many other activities.

Doris was preceded in death by Russell DeVette ’45, her husband of 60 years in 2009.

Survivors include her children and grandchildren, Christi DeVette ’72 and Glenn ’74 Hayden of Whitehall (Keith and Jeff), Lynne and David Bouvea of Phoenix, Ariz., Joel ’78 and Crystal DeVette of Holland (Lisa, Dan, and Heidi), Steven and Shelia DeVette of Grandville (Mike and Brad), Kurt ’83 and Jianna Smalley ’92 Devette of Holland (Caleigh, Jordanna, and Jarrod), Lisa DeVette ’84 and Mark ’84 Werley of Zeeland (Kirsten ’06, Megan ’07, Ben, Madison ’14 and Braden); 1 great-granddaughter, Stella Werley; sister, Joyce Lubbers of Tallahassee, Fla.; in-laws, Marlene DeVette ’56 Dykstra of Muskegon, Becky DeVette of Grahm, N.C. and Kathy DeVette ’53 Bremer of Detroit; several nephews and nieces.


Mary Dykema ’73 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Monday, April 1, 2013.

She is survived by her brothers: John (Marjorie) Dykema ’77 of San Diego, Calif. and William (Debra) Dykema ’79 of Newburg, Ind. and her sister-in-law, Sharon Kooistra’78 Dykema of Hudsonville. Mary is also survived by her best friends, Karla Hoesch ’73 and Tom Wolters ’73 of Zeeland and Sheryl Smith ’73 of Holland and several nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson (Caroline) Dykema ’50 and her brother, Larry Dykema.

She was a member of Christ Memorial Church. Mary taught math and was a tennis coach at Hamilton High School. She was also an antique dealer for many years, currently at Blue Star Antiques; she had been in business with Karla Wolters under the name of Katahdin Antiques. Mary graduated from Hope College and remained very active in the Hope College community.


Lester Ellerbrook ’32 of Salem, Ore., died on Saturday, Feb.16, 2013 at the age of 101 at his beloved Capital Manor.

Les was born in Sheldon, Iowa, received his BS in chemistry from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and his Ph.D. from New York University in New York City. His career took him from coast to coast, involving him in the creation of such new technologies as measuring blood alcohol levels, establishing treatment protocols for tropical diseases, and identifying causes of lung cancer.

While working as county Toxicologist in Kingston, N.Y., he met his wife of 68 years, Elisabeth (Lib). His four years as an Army officer led him to a position on the faculty at the newly established University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, Wash. Here, in addition to teaching medical students, he was involved in research and published two books.

In 1961, Les accepted a position heading the laboratory at Salem General Hospital where, due to his skill and dedication, he was awarded the position of associate member of the staff. Les combined his love of driving with his interest in travel and visited every state except Oklahoma. E followed the financial markets avidly and garnered much pleasure from his successful self-directed investment strategies. Performing as a member of the SenateAires, SalemTowne Chorus and Capitol Manor Choir provided him with an opportunity to express his musical interest and talent.

He will be remembered for his insatiable curiosity and his incredible memory. Les is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth. He is survived by his son, Dr. Randy Ellerbrook (Susan) of Portland; daughters, Betsey Ellerbrook (Captain Thron Riggs) of Astoria and Jo Anne Bryan of San Diego; three grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.


Oliver Zane Emerson of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He was 6.

Oliver loved Legos, sword fights and performing his “happy dance.” His positive approach to his nearly three year battle with neuroblastoma and his unwavering faith in God inspired many. He was surrounded throughout his time by the love and prayers o the community.

Oliver was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Permesang.

Survivors include his parents, Derek Emerson ’85 and Mary Ann Permesang ’85; brothers, Gray Emerson ’09 and Kim Jongsma ’09 of Holland, Dov Emerson of Holland; sister, Maria Emerson ’10 of Holland; maternal grandmother Evelia Permesang of Holland; paternal grandmother, Barbara and David Paulson of Traverse City; paternal grandfather, Gene and Nancy Emerson of Holland; aunts and uncles, Dawn Permesang ’84 and Roel Garcia of Holland, Jim ’89 and Kari Permesang of Holland, Laura Permesang ’91 and Todd Turner of Chicago, Michael and Linda Emerson of Traverse City, Kirk and Karen Emerson of Holland; and many cousins.


John Henry Forsten ’49 of Somerton Park, Australia died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. He was 88.

John was dearly loved by friends and family on four continents. He touched the lives of many with his encouragement, his problem solving mind and his passion for helping others

He was born to Henry and Fanny Flik Forsten in Zeeland, Mich., the third child, joining Margaret and Herman in the family. After completing high school John joined the army. He trained infantrymen in South Carolina during World War II. After the war he went to Europe to assist with decommissioning equipment. On his return home he attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where he studied business and education.

John taught mathematics and physics at Freemont College where he met his future bride. John and Marilyn (Morren) married on Nov. 12, 1955. After working for Mandrel Industries in Grand Rapids, Huston and France, John, Marilyn and now four daughters, moved back to the United States, working first in Kalamazoo, and then Lapeer, Mich. The move to Lapeer saw John enter a field that would be his interest for the rest of his working life, training staff to work with people with developmental disabilities.

After eight years in Lapeer, John was invited by Minda Home to come to Adelaide, Australia to a similar position, He was a compassionate thinker bringing new insights to the needs of people with disabilities. He retired from Minda at age 65 but continued in the same capacity with Sturt College (later Flinders University) and retired gradually at age 70 while starting to run a successful Bed and Breakfast, which he did until the age of 86. Through it he made friends around the world. His relationship with God was primary, closely followed by his love for his family. He always wanted to leave things better than he found them. Keeping in touch with people was very important and he loved the motto: Do it now.


Wallace Friedberg ’49 of died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2012. He was 85.


Ethelyn Schaap '37 Garrard age 98, passed away on February 28, 2013 in Tampa FL. She was born in Holland Township, MI on January 5, 1915. She graduated from Hope College with a BA degree in Education. In 1960 she started 20 years of teaching eighth grade English at Escanaba Jr. High.

Ethelyn was proceeded in death by her parents Cornelius Schaap and Fannie Baarman, her husbands Lawrence Klug and Dr. Marion Garrard, brother Earl Schaap and daughter Kristine Klug. She is survived by daughters Suzanne Swanson, Schaumburg, IL, Barbara (Paul) Christensen, Wheaton, IL, and Pamela (Robert)Rice Tampa, FL, seven grandchildren Laura Swanson, Kyle Swanson, Julie Lindstrom, Chad Lindstrom, Nathan Christensen, Nicole Rice, Matthew Rice, and four great grandchildren Marcello Guadagno, Gianluca Guadagno, Alyssa Lindstrom and Jayden Swanson.

Ethelyn resided in the Escanaba area until 1982 when she moved to Ft. Myers, FL. For the last 8 years she has lived in Tampa, FL at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility. She was always very active in her church, loved to read, knit, and played golf into her 80's.

Tod Gugino ’85 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was 49.

Tod graduated from HH Dow High School in 1981 and Hope College in 1985. He was employed by Hope College in the chemistry department for 27 years. Tod was a member of Christ Memorial Church.

Tod is survived by his wife, Brenda Gugino of 24 years; children, Danielle, Rachel, Tyler and Taryn; parents, Scott (Sharon) Gugino; brothers, Scott (Lori) Gugino, Wade (Eva Marie) Gugino ’92; mother-in-law, JoAnn Dykstra; in-laws, Beth Kimball and Craig (Mary Ann) Dykstra; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ann Mary Hartney ’82 died of breast cancer Friday, March 29, 2013 at her home. She was 52.

Ms. Hartney was born to Thomas C. and Sheila “Shelly” Hartney on Sept. 23, 1060, in Evanston, Ill. After graduating from high school in East Grand Rapids, Mich., she earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a master’s degree in communications from Idaho State University in Pocatello.

Ms. Hartney began her working life as a field executive for the Girl Scouts in Pocatello. Upon moving to Durango in 1996, she taught composition and speech at Fort Lewis College for 10 years, worked for the Victim Witness unit at the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and most recently had been an editor for the Tribal College Journal in Mancos. “Ann was a passionate genealogist,” her family said. “She spent countless hours absorbed in researching family histories for her own family and for friends. She rescued pictures and memorabilia from estate sales and auctions and worked at finding the families they needed to go to.”

Ms. Hartney is survived by her partner of 24 years, Renee Adam of Durango; mother, Sheila “Shelly” Hartney of Durango; sisters, Cathleen Hartney of Durango and Laura Hartney of Fremont, Calif.; brother, Charles Hartney of Aurora; and one niece and two nephews.


Meri-jo Helmink ’77 of Macatawa, Mich., died after a valiant fight against cancer, on Saturday, March 9, 2013. She was 58.

Born in Holland on Aug. 29, 1054, Meri-jo was the daughter of Lee and Loretta Bonzelaar ’48 Helmink of Holland who predeceased her.

Meri-jo is survived by her husband, Marc Elliott; son, William Elliott; sister, Peggy Helmink ’73, all of Holland. She also leaved behind numerous extended family members and a widespread network of loving friends.

Meri-jo earned her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing after completing her undergraduate studies in philosophy at Hope College. She was an attorney for First American Title Insurance Company in Chicago, and had recently retired. Meri-jo brought light and happiness wherever she went. Her selflessness with her loving ways was felt by all who knew her. Her humor was infectious and long lived, well after the day was done. Her absence will be felt by many and she will forever live in the hearts of those who knew her.


James Hilmert ’58 of Fort Wayne, Ind., died on Friday, March 14, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Kalamzaoo, Mich., Jim worked at Magnavox for 35 year, retiring in 1993 as vice president of Marine Systems. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, IEEE and multiple Magnavox organizations.

In his youth he was very athletic, competing in varsity football, basketball and track at Hope College in Holland, Mich. That love for sports continued as he was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed golfing, reading, cross word puzzles, traveling, spending time at the lake at their cottage in Canada, and spending time with his family

. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Dorothy “Dommy” Hilmert of Fort Wayne; daughter, Laura Hilmert of Saint Louis, Mon; son, James Hilmert ’99 of Chicago, Ill.,; and sister, Alyce Hilmert ’54 (Rev. Robert) Walker of Lakeland, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Henrietta Hilmert.

John Humme ’52 of Delanson, N.Y. died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. He was 83.

Born on Oct. 24, 1929 in Hull, Iowa, he was the son of Arnold and Cornelia (nee Voss) Humme. He was a graduate of Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, Hope College, Holland, Mich., and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. John had served as pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Galway, N.Y. and at Burlington Congregational Church, Burlington, ME

He then worked for 25 years as an attendance counselor for the Newark Board of Education, Newark N.J. until his retirement in 1995. Before and during his careers he worked miscellaneous jobs including feed and scrap paper mills, filing capacitors at the GE North Hudson plant with the oil that later contributed to the PCB controversy, the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, carpentry and mason’s helper ( a job that tired younger men) He credited his ability to fulfill many of these jobs to the skills and endurance he learned in his youth on the farm.

John’s strong faith led to a constant search for increased religions understanding. He loved to read about and discuss current events and religious and social issues, John had a passion for antique tractors. His interest in farming and vegetable gardening all seemed to be a reason to use and talk about tractors and equipment.

John was predeceased by his parents; his wife, MaryAnn (nee Kress) Humme; a daughter, Cynthia Humme; a sister Nelverne Marra; and two brothers, Jim Humme and David Humme. Survivors include a son, Christopher Humme and his wife, Betsy of Pequannock, N.J., a daughter, Cheryl Humme of Fairbanks, Alaska; siblings, Norma (Allen) Vander Mullen of Ocheyedan, Iowa, Pete (Sylvia) Humme of Orange City, Iowa, Mary (Harlen) Vant Hul of Rock Valley, Iowa and donna Humme of Sioux falls S. D.


Laura Johnson ’48 of Auburn, N.Y., died on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was 86.

Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Leota Anderson Johnson. Laura was an East High School graduate and received her Bachelor’s degree from Hope College and her Master’s degree from the School of Library Science at Syracuse University.

She was a teacher in the Union Springs Central School district for 35 years, teaching Latin, English and Social Studies. Laura was active in her community. She was as a former treasurer for the Cayuga County Historical Society, a member of the NYS Teacher’s association, a member of the Cayuga Museum and a volunteer at Willard chapel.

She was a member and clerk of Second Baptist Church for over 30 years where she assisted in the library and was a Pioneers Girl’s leader. Laura was an avid SU fan and enjoyed gardening, golf and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Donald Johnson. Survivors include her niece, Laura Faulkner, of Kentucky, and Margaret Graney, of West Virginia, and their families; cousins, Andrea and Judd Steward and John Haley; several cousins in Missouri and a very special dear friend, Marie Harris of Auburn.


Rudolf Katerberg ’60 of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, died on Monday, May 21, 2012. He was 78.

Born in the Netherlands, Rudy immigrated to Canada in 1953. He served as pastor in Drayton, Ontario and as chaplain and teaching supervisor at hospitals in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, and Kelowna, B.C., and in Brandon, MB. He passed away suddenly after a brief illness. He was a kind, thoughtful, and loving man, who will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Tait-Katerberg; his daughters, Michelle, Nicole, Danielle (John), and Claire; and five grandchildren, Abigail, Charlie, Bethany, Jack, and Kate; and by his sister, Tineke (Edy) Israel of the Netherlands; plus three nephews and a niece.


Helen Wilhelm ’45 Kerle of Grayling, Mich., died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. She was 89.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Kerle ’46; children, Susan Kerle ’74 (Gordon ’75) Callam, Arthur Kerle ’77 and Nancy Kerle ’80 (Steven) Cope; and grandchildren, including Daniel Callam ’09 and Katherine Callam ’13.

Georgiana (Lucile) Kooyers ’44 of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, April 6, 2013. She was 91.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Esther Kooyers ’31, 11 years to the day; also siblings, Alton Victor and Alverne Kooyers, Evelyn and Harvey Kalmink and Agatha Kooyers ’38 and Paul Lipke. She is survived by nieces, Mary Kooyers ’50 Adams, Mary Ellen and Bill Blessing, Elizabeth and Mike Chamberlin, Barb and John Schulze, Loraine Kooyers ’61 and Larry Dietz; nephews, Paul and Ruth Kalmink, Lloyd and Marge Kooyers ’51, Alton Dale and Alice Brink ’58 Kooyers ’58; as well as cousins and families of nieces and nephews.

Lucile was a lifelong Holland resident. She graduated from hope College with a major in psychology and spent most of her adult life working with the Holland court and the district courts up to her retirement. She loved to travel, play golf and bow. She was always ready and willing to play piano or organ, as she did often at Royal Park Place. She was a charter member of the Holland Museum, actively involved in community organizations and a member of Trinity Reformed Church, where she sang in the choir, played piano and organ and participated in the women’s Bible study


Margaret Feldman ’52 Kruizenga of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, April 28, 2013. She was 83.

She was born Nov. 14, 1929, in New York City to Herman C. and Frieda (Graf) Feldmann. Margaret was a graduate of Hope College in 1952 and earned an M.A. in sociology from Boston University. She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Irving Texas, and Grand Haven. She was an active golfer and an art collector.

Margaret was known for her love of the arts and theater. In 1952, she married Richard “Dick” Kruizenga in Dougleston, Long Island, and together they lived all over the world: Irving, Texas, New York City, Sydney, Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tokyo, Japan, Greenwich, Conn., Cambridge and Boston, Mass., and Long Island, N.Y. Dick’s (now retired) business career was working for Standard Oil (N.J.) and Exxon.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Richard Kruizenga ’52; two children, Meg Mulder Froelich (Paul) of Greenwood Village, Colo., and Derek Kruizenga (Sylvia) of Old Greenwich, Conn.; five grandchildren, Danielle Kruizenga of New York City, Schuyler Kruizenga of Claremont, Calif., Katrina, Annalise and Osgood Mulder Froelich of Greenwood Village, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Frieda Feldmann; one brother, Robert Feldmann; and a son, Dwight Kruizenga.

Barbara Lemmen of Zeeland, Mich., died on Friday, March 8, 2013. She was 78. Barbara was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church.

She worked for Hope college food Service for 31 years and was a volunteer at City on a Hill Café 58. She was preceded in death by her sister, Karen Atwood; and brother, Jack Kievit.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ronald; and children, Bob and Tammy Lemmen of chesterfield Township, Melissa and Kevin Seely of South Haven; four grandchildren, Brendan Lemmen, Ashlyn Lemmen, Tarynn and Josh Wahl, Joseph Jackson; one great-granddaughter, Alayna Wahl; brothers and sisters, Maxine and Jay Timmer of Zeeland, Phyllis and Henry TenBrink of Holland, David Kievit of Allegan and Donny Kievit of Zephyrhills, Fla.; brother sisters-in-law, Ed and Mary Atwood of Holland, Vonny Bredeweg of Zeeland; several nephews and nieces.

Glenn Looman ’68 of Shaker Heights, Ohio, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. He was 66. He was an educator, mentor, friend to many and extraordinary human being.

Glenn will be dearly missed by his dog, Chloe and cats, Jesse and Isabella.

He graduated from Hope College (1968), received an MAT from Oberlin College (1970) and Ph.D. from Cleveland State University (1997). He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching during his nearly 40 years in education. During his many years at Hathaway Brown School, he served as coordinator of computer education; chair of the middle school math department and program director of West Fellowship; mentored Greater Cleveland Council of Mathematics students; and was a Master Teacher for the Hathaway Brown Aspire Program.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Albertha; brother, Duane; and sister, Phyllis. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Looman; brother, Delwyn (Faith) Looman; and sister-in-law, Lesa Duncan.

Dorothy Preston ’58 Noble of Kankakee, Ill., died on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was 76.

Mrs. Noble was a teacher in Kankakee School District 111 for 33 years. She was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Kankakee, the daughter of Russell E. and Verna M. Homes Preston.

Her husband, Loren R. Noble, whom she married July 19, 1959, passed away Aug. 9, 2005. She was a graduate of Kankakee High school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope college in Holland, Mich., and her Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois. She had also taken classes at Olivet Nazarene University.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed boating.

Survivors include her three granddaughters, Jennifer Noble and Amanda Noble, both of Bowling Green, Ky., and Pamela Noble, of Louisville, KY; one step-granddaughter, Erica of Bowling Green; one great-granddaughter, Brooke Noble; former daughter-in-law, Kitty, of Bowling Green; One sister and brother-in-law, Joyce M. and Neil Wolvan, of Kankakee; two brother-in-law, Charles and Donna Noble, of Joliet, and Dale and Donna Noble, of Deselm and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Douglas Noble.

Marjorie (Janet) Snow '49 Pontier passed away on April 4, 2013, in Boynton, Florida.

She was the daughter of Curtis '35 and Esther MacFarlane '41 Snow who served on the Hope College music faculty in the 1930-70 era, and the wife of Robert L. Pontier '49, who taught in the public school systems in Michigan and New Jersey after graduating from Hope College in 1949.

Both parents and husband preceded her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca, Terry and Nancy, residing in New Jersey, Texas and Florida respectively; and by a twin sister, Jean Snow '49 Bloemendaal of Pembroke, Maine; brothers, Curtis Murray Snow '45 of Pasadena, Maryland, and Robert Snow '49 of Holland.

Gayle Koop '47 Pott of Holland, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at an area care center. She was 87.

She was the daughter of Harry and Jennie Koop. Gayle was a former member of Maple Avenue Christian Reformed Church and currently a member of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church.

She graduated from Holland Christian High School and attended Hope College. She worked for the Holland Evening Sentinel as an Editor in the Society Department and as a secretary for Holland Christian in several grade schools and the high school.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Howard '49 and Paul Koop; in-laws, Virginia Koop, Jack Yeomans, Doris Koop and Frances Pott '53. Gayle is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clarence; sons, David Pott and Joyce Miller of Dallas, Texas, and Daniel and Lora Pott of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Linsey and Ryan Buteyn, Mike and Jamie Pott, Kyle Pott and Brandon Pott; sister, Ruth Koop '49 Yeomans of Holland; brother, Erwin Koop '56 of Holland; in-laws, Judy Koop of Holland, and Marjorie Pott '53 and Al Heerspink of Holland.


Ronald C. Schaap ’63 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. He was 66.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1939. Ron was active in the Emersonian Fraternity and enjoyed it very much.

Survivors include his wife Lynne Schaap; four children; several grandchildren; and twin sisters, Dorian Schaap ’63 Gesink and Sharon Schaap ‘63 Vaalburd.


Glenn Frederick (Fred) Shanholtzer ’65 of Paw Paw, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at his home in Paw Paw. He was 70.

Born Dec. 30, 1942, he was the son of the late O. Glenn and Lillian (Caudle) Shanholtzer of East Greenbush, N.Y. In addition to his parents, Dr. Shanholtzer was also preceded in death by an infant granddaughter.

Fred spent most of his adult life in Basking Ridge, N.J., Tucker, Ga. and Stuart, Fla., before moving to Paw Paw, in 2007. After graduating from Columbia High School in East Greenbush, he studied biology and ecology and received a Bachelor's degree from Hope College (Michigan), a Master's degree from Florida State University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia.

Most of his career was spent as a lead biologist for engineering and consulting companies. He grew up attending Trinity United Methodist Church in Albany, N.Y. He was member of Bishop James UMC in Basking Ridge, and Tucker First UMC in Tucker. Dr. Shanholtzer was an avid bird watcher and nature photographer. He loved the serenity of his mountain home in West Virginia. He enjoyed sports his entire life and spent many years on the tennis court. He also enjoyed filming performances at the Barn Theater in Stuart, Fla.

He is survived by his daughter, Robin Shanholtzer Paulman and her husband, Justin, of Cumberland; and his son, L. Glenn Shanholtzer and his wife, Stephanie, of Tucker. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Henze, of Delmar, N.Y.; his ex-wife, Sheryl Fanning Shanholtzer; and three grandchildren, Aidan Paulman, and William and Lauren Shanholtzer.

David Smith ’77 of Littleton, Colo., died unexpectedly on Friday, March 8, 2013 probably of a heart arrhythmia.

He was a long time employee of the Department of Defense. He grew up in Hudsonville, Mich., and graduated from Hope College in 1977. He had a Master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked a number of years in private industry prior to joining government service.

Dave was known for his generous nature, liberal politics, and enthusiasm for many hobbies and interests, including tennis, mountain climbing, traveling, chess, gaming and playing piano.

Survivors include his parents, Harry and Lois Smith of Hudsonville; brother, Dan Smith of Haslett, Mich.; and sister, Julie of Kentwood; three nieces; one nephew; and two grandnieces.

Mary Harper ’32 Standen of Troy, Mich., died on Sunday, March 17, 2013. She was 102.

Mary was born October 9, 1910 in North Branch, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1943.

Mary married Francis Larkin in 1941 and together they had two children, Suzanne and Daniel. She taught elementary school for many years in the Pontiac School District. After retiring from teaching, Mary volunteered for many years at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac.

She married Thomas Standen in 1090. Mary is survived by her daughter, Suzanne (Charles) Allen, son Daniel Larkin and grandchildren, Julie (Michael) Hughes, Wendy (Rick) Patterson, Bradley (Patricia) Balmer and Danielle Larkin. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, Thomas and Haley Hughes, Ryan Regan and Evan Patterson, and Rowe, Mairenn, and Hagen Balmer. Mary is preceded in death by her husbands, Francis Larkin and Thomas Standen.


David Sterk ’80 of McBain, Mich., died on Friday, April 5, 2013. He was 55.

He was born March 19, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Frank and Lois Mae (Hendrickson) Sterk. Dave graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids in 1976. He graduated from Hope College and later went on to earn his Masters of Divinity Degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.

Dave served as a Reformed Pastor in DeMotte, Ind., Fulton, Ill., and Orange City, Iowa. He had currently been serving as the Pastor of Rehoboth Reformed Church in Lucas, Michigan since 2001. Dave loved his family and was a proud parent to his five sons. He enjoyed reading, running and visiting with friends.

On November 18, 1988, he married the former Karen Zylstra and she survives him along with their sons: Randy of Wabash, Ind., Garrett and Brian of Orange City, Iowa and Tyler and Craig of Lucas; Mother, Lois Sterk of Zeeland; brothers, Doug (Jenny) Sterk of Tokyo and Steve (Ann) Sterk of St. Joseph; parents-in-law, Bob and Kathryn Zylstra; in-laws: Cindy (Dave) Hamstra, Steve (Joy) Zylstra, Dave (Jane) Zylstra, and (Sandra) Zylstra, Val (Brent) Dykhuizen and Tim (Joni) Zylstra and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Sterk ’50.

Bernice Nicholas ’49 Stokes of Canastota, N.Y., died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was 84.

Born July 16, 1928, in Fulton she was the daughter of Thomas and Bernice Rickert Nichols. A resident of the area since 1950, Bernice was a graduate of Fulton High School and Hope College, Holland, Mich. She married Robert C. Stokes on June 20, 1950 in Fulton. Prior to retirement in 1987, Bernice was employed with the Canastota Schools as a fourth grade teacher for over 25 years.

She was a member of the Oneida Lake congregational Church, wiling workers of the Church, and its choir director; and at one time, was an active member of the Whitelaw Presbyterian church. Mrs. Stokes enjoyed gardening, music sewing, history, genealogy and especially her family,. She was also a recipient of the roses for the living award from the Canastota Rotary Club. Bernice also authored books about the churches of Madison County and the Oneida Lake congregational Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Stokes of Canastota; two sons, Steven R. (Julie) Stokes ’74 of Canastota, James T. (Patricia Walker ’80)Stokes ’80 of Morrisville; two daughters, Marianne Stokes ’73 (Ed) Kincaid of Morrisville and Colleen (Peter) Hilts of Chittenango; eight grandchildren, Kate (Keith) Bryant, Robert (Gina) Stokes, Ellen (Nick) Lefort, Megan(Will Merithew) Stokes, Jessie Stokes ’08, Thomas Stokes, Robert “Chip” Stokes an Ashley Kincaid; five great-grandchildren; several sister and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister and brother.


Sarah Penny ’73 Tappert of Grapeland, Texas died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 after a nine month battle with cancer. She was 62.

She was born May 7, 1951 in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Myron Penny and Arletta Holton Penny. She was a homemaker, a member of Percilla Community Church and a missionary to France along with e her husband for 23 years.

She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband, Philip Tappert ’72 of Percilla, mother Arletta H. Penny of Kalamzaoo, Mich., daughter Julie Burns and husband Justin of Wadsworth, Ohio; sons, Greg Tappert and wife Brenda of Lewisville, Texas, Glenn Tappert and wife Mary of Edmond, Okla., Marc Tappert of Bartlesville. Ok and David Tappert of Abilene, Texas, three grandchildren, Gage Burns Zane Burns and Lauren Tappert.


Barbara Dee Folensbee ’43 Timmer died on Thursday, May 16, 2013. She was 90.

Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she grew up in Flushing, N.Y. She graduated from Hope College in 1943, where she majored in English with additional concentrations in education, music and French. She was a member and president of the Sigma Sigma Sorority, president of the French Club, and received the all-campus Southland Medal.

She played at Hope’s first Christmas Vespers service on December. 7, 1941, which subsequently became Pearl Harbor Day. She married John Norman Timmer, Hope Class of 1938 in 1944, and began a long career as a teacher and U.S. Air Force officer’s spouse, living in Paris, Munich, Washington D.C. and military bases in Maryland and Illinois. The Timmers chose to return to Holland in 1970, living for more than 20 years on East 13th Street, now Hope College’ Timmer Cottage, and moving the The Warm Friend in 1988.

Barbara Dee loved theater, was an enthusiastic supporter of the Hope Summer Repertory Theater (HSRT) and played for its first production, “45 Minutes from Broadway”, in 1972. She was a member of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), the Century Club, Hope Church and involved in many Hope College activities. In 1980, she and Norm received Distinguished Alumni Awards, and in 2012, Barbara Dee received the Hope Meritorious Service Award. On April 26, 2013, she hosted Hope’s 50-Year Circle at a reception at the Warm Friend, playing the Alma Mater on the piano.

Barbara Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Norm Timmer ’38 ; their son, Paul Norman Timmer ’76; and daughter-in-law, Gloria VandeHoef ’73 Timmer.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Timmer ’69 and her partner, Catherine Glynn Benkaim, of Beverly Hills, Calif.; her son, John Bradley Timmer and his wife, Jan, of Washington, D.C.; her daughter-in-;aw, Susan Timmer of Sacramento, Calif.; her grandchildren, Tracie Marie Timmer Rumans and Winter Rumans of Colorado Springs. Colo., Jennifer Dee Timmer of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., John Barlow Timmer and Jenny Xi of Washington, D.C. and Caroline Timmer of Chicago, Ill; great-grandchildren, Owen Paul and Quincy Marie Rumans, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.


Marian TerBorg ’48 Toren of Maplewood, Ill., died on Sunday, April 21, 2013. She was 89.

She was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Terborg ’50. Survivors include her loving husband, George Toren ’49; sister-in-law, Louise Terborg; brother-in-law, Chester Toren ’41; nieces, Dianne (Greg) McCormick, Linda (Matthew) Godden, Ellen (Marco) Bianchi and Gayle (Brad) Deprey; nephews, John (Susan Maassen ’77) Toren ’72, Glenn (Nancy) Toren ’77, Carl (Margaret) Toren ’79, Paul (Heidi Perez ’81) Toren ’80 and Kevin (Shelley Vonk ’86) Toren ’83. Marian was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and was a past president of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ MN Conference.

Frances Van Allsburg of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. She was 81.

Born Frances Doornbos, Fran was a charter member of Fellowship Reformed Church where she served as an elder and for many years was a youth group leader with her husband, Don.

She was a volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol at Carousel Mountain and was an avid skier, hiker, bicyclist, seamstress and artist. She worked for several years in the Hope College Admission Office.

Fran suffered a severe closed-head injury in a bicycle accident in 1986 and persevered through a difficult recovery, though she never fully recovered her ability to speak.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jared Vande Wege in 1994; and her husband Donald, in 1998.

Survivors include her children, John (Susan) Van Allsburg of Holland, Ann Maguire of Holland, Paul (Kathy) VanAllsburg of Holland, Carol VanAllsburg ’84 (Bill) Jansson of Cartersville, Georgia, Mary Van Allsburg ’85 (Bryon ’84) Vande Wege of Roseau, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Reynhout of Kalamazoo and Phyllis and Richard Kinney of Pinehurst, N.C.; brothers-in-law, Richard (Mary) Van Allsburg and Harold (Marge ) Van Allsburg of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.


Albert VanDyke ’40 of Oostburg, Wis., died on Thursday, April 11, 2013. He was 95.

Albert was born on April 18, 1917 in Chicago, the son of Dick and Margaret (Rot) VanDyke. He attended Roseland Christian School and was a 1934 graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago. Albert was a 1940 graduate of Hope College and a 1943 graduate of Western Seminary in Holland, Mich.

He married Lois Hall ’41 on June 18, 1943 in Lowell, Michigan. Lois passed away on Feb. 3, 1961. Albert married Lavonne Harms on March 21, 1963 in Sheldon, Iowa. Lavonne passed away on June 9, 1983. He married Alice (Moolenaar) Pyle on Dec. 30, 1985 in Gibbsville. Albert was an associate pastor of First Reformed Church in Oostburg for ten years until his retirement in 1989. Prior to this, he served as director of American Indian ministries and churches in Matlock, Iowa, Sioux Falls, S.D., DeMotte, Ind., Sheldon, Iowa and Berwyn, Ill.

Albert was a member of first Reformed Church in Oostburg. He was active in the Pine Haven Bible Study, Young at Heart, and the Oostburg Kiwanis. He served as vice president and president of RCA Chicago Synod and was on the board of Northwestern College, Central College, and Western Seminary. Albert enjoyed gardening , reading, trains and railroading, travel and taking vacation.

Albert is survived by his wife, Alice Moolenaar ’49 VanDyke; one daughter, Margaret (Robert) Morrissey of Ottumwa, Iowa; three sons, William (Esther) VanDyke of Sioux city, Iowa, Dick (Jane Engelsman ’69) VanDyke of Palos Heights, Ill., and John (Joyce) VanDyke of lima, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four step-daughters, Mary (Larry) David of Davenport, Iowa, Linda (Henry) VanWyk of Neenah, Ruth Pyle ’81 Borchardt of Menomonee Falls, and Carol Pyle ’84 (Eric) Tribby of Simpsonville, S.C.; and 11 step-children.


James Van Til ’65 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Monday, April 22, 2013. He was 71.

James was a graduate of Grandville High School and Hope College and received his MBA from Wayne State University. After service in Vietnam, he began his career as a financial advisor in Detroit, Mich. He returned in that capacity to the Grand Rapids area in 1972. At the time of his death, he was employed as Senior Vice President at Robert W. Baird & Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James (Lucy) Van Til; sister, Lois Van Til; and brother, Howard Van Til. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Frissel ’66 Van Til; daughters, Keely Van Til ’95 (Ryan) McClimans, Claire (David) Mitchell, and Catherine Van Til; and two grandchildren, Logan McClimans and Lucy Mitchell.


James Zoetewey of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was 75.

He was a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church. He was a political science professor at Hope College for 41 years. He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Jacob Zoetewey, and a brother, Alvin Zoetewey.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen Zoetewey; children, James (Kristen Koole ’92) Zoetewey ’91 of Grand Rapids, Mich., Lisa Zoetewey ’94 of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Derek (Meredith) Zoetewey ’98 of Tampa, Fla.; 3 grandchildren, Abby, Becca and Henry Zoetewey; brother and sister, Loreen (Leo)Shuart of Cole Camp, Mo., and Gary (Valerie) Zoetewey of Denver, Colo.; brother and sister-in-law, Jan (Ted) Boers of Grand Rapids, Jack Terpstra of Rockton, Ill., Lois and Paul Kats of Highland ,Ind., Louise and Don Hoogstra of Wyoming Mich., and many nieces and nephews and cousins.