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Deaths The college is often privileged to receive additional information in celebration of the lives of members of the Hope community who have passed away. Please visit the expanded obituaries we have made available online if you wish to read more about those whose loss is noted in this issue. hope.edu/pr/nfhc Esther VanAlsburg ’40 Aardsma of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. She was 93. She received the 4,000-hour award from Holland Hospital, where she was a longtime volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Aardsma ’40; daughter, Betsy Aardsma; grandson, Lorin Wegner; brothers, Franklin VanAlsburg and Donald VanAlsburg ’27; and sister, Ruth VanAlsburg ’31 Cotts. Survivors include her son, Richard “Rick” (Marilyn) Aardsma ’71; daughters, Carole Aardsma ’64 and Kathy (Art) Tessimond; three grandchildren, including Rachel (Darryl ’96) Wegner; and sister-in-law, Lucy (Frank) VanAlsburg. Joyce Leighley ’58 Beckering of Grand Haven, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. She was 75. She worked for the YMCA as director of programming for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth Leighley. Survivors include her husband, Raymond Beckering Jr. ’58; her sons, Raymond (Jane) Beckering III, James (Kristan) Beckering ’94 and Thomas (Nicole) Beckering; five grandchildren; and siblings-in-laws, Hope Beckering ’65 (Richard ’63) Brandsma and California (Francine) Leighley. Jone Bosch ’79 of South Olive, Mich., died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. She was 62. She worked for Evergreen Commons for several years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Bosch. Survivors include her father, John Bosch; siblings, Julia (Burt) Bergman, Jay (Mary) Bosch, Jack Bosch, Joyce Zwagerman, Jeffrey Bosch, Joe (Karla) Bosch, Jillaine (Marc) Elzinga, and James (Lori) Bosch. Sarella VanOss ’42 Bossenbroek of Grandville, Mich., died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. She was 91. She helped her husband, Leonard Bossenbroek, serve four churches in South Dakota, Iowa and Michigan. He preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Carl (Nancy) Bossenbroek, James (Carla) Bossenbroek, Steven (Elaine) Bossenbroek, and Lorin (Debra) Bossenbroek; 18 grandchildren, including Chloe Bossenbroek ’09 and Chelsea Bossenbroek ’09 (Zachary ’09) Snyder; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Leona Van Oss; and brother, Forrest (Jane) VanOss ’53. Gerard Cook ’44 o f Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. He was 89. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot in World War II. He had a long business career. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry (Wilhelmina) Cook; and siblings, Orwin (Muriel) Cook, Evelyn (Jay) Forney, Myrna (Woody) Bos, and Marlene Cook. Survivors include his wife, Vivian Tardiff ’44 Cook; children, Bill Cook and Bob (Evonne) Cook ’72; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. David Coster ’59 of Hobart, N.Y., died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. He was 77. He was an elementary English and history teacher. Survivors include his wife, Linda Buys ’59 Coster; daughter, Sheryl Thornley; son, Steven (Lisa) Coster; five grandchildren; brothers, James Coster, Berend Coster and Thomas Coster; and sister, Connie Bruegmann. Ardis Bishop ’55 Fitt of North Muskegon, Mich., died on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. She was 79. She taught at Kalamazoo Central High School and in the North Muskegon Public Schools. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard “Dick” Bishop. Survivors include her husband, Don Fitt; her children, Dan Fitt and Kelly (Geoffrey) White; four grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dottie Bishop; and two nephews. Kermit Hogenboom ’53 of Gerry, N.Y., died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. He was 81. He served for two years in the U.S. Army. He was the pastor of churches in Leeds and Montgomery, N.Y., Detroit, Mich., Sherman, Knox and Thompson’s Lake, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joshua (Dena Habink ’22) Hogenboom ’25; and his step-mother. Survivors include his wife, Irene Hogenboom; his children, Laurel (Arthur) Buettner, Janice Hogenboom and Timothy (Jennifer) Hogenboom; three grandchildren; his brother, Dean (Marion) Hogenboom ’56; and nieces and nephews, including, Kathleen Hogenboom ’85 (Greg ’87) Olgers. William Jesiek ’41 of Macatawa, Mich., died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. He was 93. He served as a pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked in the family business, Jesiek Brothers Shipyard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginny Jesiek. Survivors include his sister, Lois Jesiek Kayes; nieces, Karen Kayes ’84; Linda (Richard) King; and nephew, Jeff (Sandra DeWitt ’87) Kayes ’86. Margaret Bilkert ’41 Lemmer of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. She was 92. Survivors include her three daughters, Ann Lemmer ’72 (Barry ’74) Brugger, Trisha Lemmer ’74 (Dave ’73) Gosselar and Robin Lemmer ’77 (Bob) Zarhay; her son, Rick Lemmer ’70; nine grandchildren, including Joshua (Jennifer Linton ’01) Brugger ’00; three great-grandsons; sister, Barbara Bilkert ’47 (Donald ’48) Mulder; and nephew, Scott (Laura Sherwood ’88) Mulder ’85. Abraham Moerland ’50 of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. He was 87. He was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and a veteran of World War II. He taught and coached in Byron Center and Union high schools for more than 35 years. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Lucas. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elin “Ellie” Moerland; children, Abe (Wanda) Moerland, Voni (Phil) Lucas, Mark (Jill) Moerland, Kari (Ray) Fron, Tim (Carolyn) Moerland, Paul (Kathy) Moerland, and Jon (Judy) Moerland; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. John Myaard ’45 of Forest Grove, Mich., died on Friday, Aug 31, 2012. He was 87. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Myaard; great-grandson, Keaton Postma-Roelofs; and his sister, Pat DeYoung. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Iris VandeBunte ’49 Myaard; children, Jack (Cheryl) Myaard, Chuck (Sharon) Myaard ’78, Ed (Peg) Myaard and David (Birgit) Myaard ’83; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Evie) Myaard and Jerald (Gloria) Myaard; and sisters-in-law, Ruth VandeBunte ’47 Boss, Theressa VandeBunte and Kay Bolm. Helena Tinklenberg ’54 Patlak of Cooper City, Fla., died on Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012. She was 80. She taught high school in the Bahamas. Survivors include her husband, Erwin Patlak; sister, Kathryn Genandt; eight children, David (Maryanne Hale) Patlak, Rachel (Dirk) Happ, Joshua (Drusilla van Hengel) Patlak, Jonathan Patlak, Daniel Patlak, Susan Patlak, Rebekah (Sean) Kohles and Sarah Patlak; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. L. Roger Patterson ’46 of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was 87. He was a teacher and a retiree of the Grand Rapids Public Libraries. Survivors include his sister, Joan (Richard) Carroll. Chester Postma ’40 of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. He was 93. He served in several Reformed churches in Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin. After retirement he was the pastor of visitation at Beechwood Reformed Church for 19 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Postma. Survivors include his children, Charles (Pat) Postma ’67, Nelleatha (Paul) Triesenberg, Evelyn (Randall) DeGraaf and Linda (Jim) Allen; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Alma Kramer ’45 Reed of Tampa, Fla., died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. She was 88. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Reed; and daughter, Mary Ann Reed ’76 Dunham. Survivors include her daughter, Jane Reed, two granddaughters; one great-grandson; and sisters-in-law, Georgia (Paul) Danahy, Rita Bennett and Coppi Reed. Wilson Duke “Tex” Richardson ’77 of Las Vegas, Nev., died on Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was 59. He was a conductor and writer, and toured with Lola Falona until she retired. He also toured with Robert Geon and Nancy Wilson. He composed and arranged several musical scores. A total of 19 seniors graduated with honors in July. Please visit the college’s web site for the list. hope.edu/pr/pressreleases June 2012 October 2012 29

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