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Hope College December 2012 : Page 30

Alice Brower ’23 Hoffs of Kalamazoo, Mich., who at age 110 was Hope’s oldest graduate, died on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. She was born on Feb. 25, 1902. She attended the Hamilton Public Schools, and then went on to Hope Preparatory School before continuing at Hope, where she majored in English and music. As a Hope student, she was a charter member of Sigma Iota Beta (the Sibylline Society), which was established by a group of freshman women in the fall of 1919, and was the sorority’s president in the fall of her senior year. She was also involved in the Y.W.C.A. She taught in Wayland, Mich., for two years, and worked in her father’s bank in Hamilton, Mich., during the summers. She married Dr. Marinus Hoffs ’24 on March 31, 1927, and they settled in Lake Odessa, Mich., where he summa cum laude . Alyson Payne ’ 03, doctorate in musicology, University of California at Riverside, August 2012. Jill Van De Water ’04 Isola, Master of Divinity, Union Presbyterian Seminary, June 2, 2012. Anne Stevens ’04, Master of Art in migration studies, University of Kent in England, 2011. Elizabeth Johnson ’ 05 Camozzi, Master in Music Education with emphasis on the Kodaly method (M.A.M.E.), University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Elise Edwards ’06, Master of Arts in organizational leadership, Gonzaga University, 2012. Kurt Pyle ’06, Ph.D. in political science, Michigan State University, May 2012. Kelsey Guisbert ’06 Parente, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, December 2011. Stephanie Van Stee ’06, Ph.D. in health communication, University of Kentucky, 2012. Darcy Cunningham ’07, master’s degree, public administration, with an emphasis in nonprofi t management and leadership, Grand Valley State University, December 2012. Caroline Coleman ’07 Easow, Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, August 2012. Whitney Haumiller ’07 Miller, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her registered nurse certifi cation, Emory University, August. Ashley Smith ’ 07, diploma for primary Waldorf education, Hogeschool Helicon (Netherlands), June 2012. Molly Steeves-Van De Wege ’07, master’s in educational leadership-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. Fred Bertsch ’41 of Palm City, Fla., died on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He was 92. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor and served almost three years of combat on the destroyer USS Case in the Western Pacifi c. He was a mathematics teacher in the Holland Public Schools and later was a principal. He was preceded in death by his fi rst wife, Lorraine Timmer ’42 Bertsch; and brother, Charles Bertsch ’38. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Bertsch; children, Fred (Cindy Marlink ’74) Bertsch ’74, Susan Bertsch Bobek, Martha Ann Bertsch and Mary Jo Bertsch ’78; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Rick Gumina ’79 of Fort Collins, Colo., died on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. He was 55. He was an instructor in the department of statistics at Colorado State University. Survivors include his wife, Judy Gumina; daughter, Jamie Gumina; sons, Josh Gumina, Jeffrey “Ricky” Gumina and Joey Gumina; father Carl; mother, Rosemary; brothers, Rory (Janet) Gumina, Greg (Cilla) Gumina, Carmen (Sheri) Gumina and William “Buddy” (Andrea) Gumina; and two grandchildren. Thelma Kooiker ’39 Leenhouts of Holland, Mich., died on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. She was 95. She worked for the Women’s Army Corps during World War II and was based at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She was a teacher in the Holland Public Schools for more than 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Leenhouts ’38; and her sisters, Charlotte Kooiker ’33 Kruizenga, Virginia Kooiker ’35 Luidens and Ellen Kooiker ’44 Barkema. Survivors include her children, Thelma (Tommye) Leenhouts ’66, John (Roberta) Leenhouts ’69, James Leenhouts ’73, and Jane (Bruce) Patterson; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Gwendolyn Kooiker ’52 VanEck. Russell Norden ’49 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. He was 86. Alice Brower ’23 Hoffs established his medical practice. Her husband preceded her in death in 1971. Survivors include her daughters, Louise Peppel, Carole Hoffs ’55 (Robert ’52) Bos, Jayne (Thomas) Cummings; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. K-12 principalship, Western Michigan University, December 2011 and master’s in special education, Grand Valley State University, July 2012. Kersten Burns ’08, master’s in public policy, George Mason University, May 2012. Krista Grodus ’08 Rivera, Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in policy analysis, Indiana University, May 2012. Mark Wheeler ’08, graduate certifi cate in the specialty program for Alcohol & Drug Abuse (SPADA), August 2012. Samuel Baker ’09, Master of Science in electrical engineering, North Carolina State University, May, 2012. Emily Mannenbach ’09 Baker, Master of Education, North Carolina State University, May 2012. Lisa Borton ’09, Master of Fine Arts, University of Iowa, May 2012. Marissa Grott ’09, Master of Science in leadership and policy studies, DePaul University, June 2012. Ross Knoll ’09, Master of Arts in clinical psychology, Northern Illinois University, August 2012. Diego Romero ’09, Master of Art in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in linguistically diverse education, University of Colorado at Denver, August 2012. Allison Rogowski ’09 Tennison, master’s in enviornmental science, Taylor University. Matthew Clark ’10, Master of Education in nonprofi t leadership, December 2012. Kelly Raymond ’10, Master of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work, April 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a missionary on the island of Kyushu and at Ferris Women’s College in Yokohama Japan for 38 years. He was also a calling pastor at First Reformed Church in Holland. He and his wife, Eleanore Short ’51 Norden, who survives him, received Distinguished Alumni Awards from Hope in 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marshall Norden; sisters-in-law, Patricia Norden and Marion Mappes; and brothers-in-law, Leon Mappes and Robert Peterson. In addition to Eleanore, his wife of 61 years, survivors include his son, Stephen (Jean Boven ’75) Norden ’74; daughters, Rebekah Norden ’76 (Keith ’76) Derrick, Martha Norden ’78, Sarah Norden ’78 (Robert ’81) Bast, and Mary Norden ’87 (Mark ’86) Kuiper; 11 grandchildren, including William Norden ’04 and Pieter Norden ’11; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews, including John (Nancy Riekse ’71) Norden ’71 and Loralee Norden ’75. Barry Van Koevering ’59 of Lansing, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. He was 79. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was an engineer and inventor for 40 years, working on projects related to military defense and exploration. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George Van Koevering Survivors include two siblings, Leola Oonk and David (Linda) Van Koevering; three children; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 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