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Hope College December 2013 : Page 30

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. Oct. 11, 2013. He was 78. He was a retired scientist and marketing specialist at Hewlett-Packard Corporation. Survivors include his son, Jim (Rachelle) Harrington; daughter, Elizabeth Harrington (Andrew) Colehower; three grandchildren; former wife, Ellen Harrington; niece, Anne Harrington ’89 Hughes; and first wife, Carroll Harrington. Constance Boersma ’53 Hinga of Pella, Iowa, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. She was 82. She was a kindergarten teacher. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Wendell Boersma ’48. Survivors include her husband, William Hinga ’51; daughters, Cathy (Bruce) Hinga Haustein, Lynn (Nick) Hinga Branderhorst, and Ann (Perry) Hinga Klein; son, Tom (Melissa) Hinga; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Vernon (Lois Hinkamp ’44) Boersma and Phillip (Julie) Boersma; and sisters-in-law, Elaine Mensinger ’46 Boersma and Constance Hinga ’49 Boersma. Janet Huizenga ’46 of Morrison, Ill., died on Satuday, Oct. 5, 2013. She was 93. She worked for the Ramsey County Human Services Department in St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles (Allie) Huizenga. She is survived by many cousins. Robert Marshall ’60 of Pittsford, N.Y., died on Sunday, Sept, 29, 2013. He was 79. He was president of Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., from 1974 to 1995. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Marshall; daughter, Christine (James) Eichelberger; son, Eric (Mary) Marshall; sister, Rita (Angelo) Russo; three step-daughters, Monica (Leo Vogt) Friesner, Melinda (Gerry) Ward and Meredith (Scott) Gregory; five grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren. Kenneth McConnell ’51 of Mc Millan, Mich., died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. He was 84. He was in the U.S. Army and received a Victory Medal and honorable discharge in 1947. He was a practicing attorney in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce (Edna) McConnell and older brother, Jack (Ann) McConnell. Survivors include his four children, Kendra (Barry) Hurd, Joany McConnell ’91 (Mark) Bond, Mark (Stacey) McConnell ’88 and Mary (David) Bows; their mother, Nancy Crawford McConnell; four grandchildren; companion, Colleen Hubbard; and siblings, Shirley McConnell, William (Joy) McConnell, Andrew (Marlene) McConnell and Terry (Susan) Fitzgerald. Herbert Ritsema ’50 of Orange City, Iowa, died on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. He was 83. Emerita Professor Gisela Strand Dies Dr. Gisela Strand of Holland, Mich., who retired from the Hope German faculty in 2001 after teaching at the college for 32 years, died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. She was 74. She was born in Hannover, Germany, on April 26, 1939. She did her undergraduate work in English and history at the University of Freiburg and the University of Vienna; completed a master’s degree in social studies at the University of Chicago; and completed her doctorate in German at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Strand joined the Hope faculty as an instructor in 1969. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1973, associate professor in 1980 and professor in 1989. In a profile published in the college’s 1981-82 Catalog , she said, “The thing I most like about teaching is that it’s learning. A teacher, like a student, is always coming in contact with new materials.” She continued, “I also like teaching because it is a profession with instant rewards. You can tell in a glance if you have been successful in presenting something to your students.” Dr. Strand taught courses not only on the German language, but on German culture and literature. Her involvement in the life of the college also included coordinating the department’s “language houses” for students sharing an interest in the same language, and advising the He served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a special agent in the counter intelligence corps. He was a music professor at Northwestern College and the minister of music at First Reformed Church for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne Ver Beek ’51 Ritsema; and brother, Harold Ritsema ’57. Survivors include his sons, Douglas (Karen) Ritsema, David (Linda) Ritsema and Randall (Shelly) Ritsema; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Dan (Evonne Taylor ’66) Ritsema ’61; sister-in-law, Anna Geitner ’58 Ritsema; and foster sons, Dale Walbran and Randy Colsrud. Elizabeth Schlegel ’75 Robyn of Ephrata, Pa., died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. She was 60. She taught kindergarten at Lititz Christian School. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Robert Robyn; two sons, Mark Robyn and Matthew Robyn; a daughter, Bethany (Stephen) Kline; two granddaughters; and a sister, Barb Schlegel. Evelyn Van Dam ’50 Smallegan of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. She was 84. She was awarded the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award in May 1982. She taught at Zeeland High School for more than 30 years teaching English and Alternative Education, a program she Maxine VanZylen ’44 Battjes of Grand Rapids, Mich., died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. She was 91. She was an active supporter of many charitable organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Battjes Sr. ’46; and her brother, Charles VanZylen ’47. Survivors include her sons, Donald Battjes Jr. ’67, Douglas (Marina) Battjes, and David (Margaret) Battjes; two granddaughters; one sister, Connie VanZylen ’53 Ryskamp Schipper; brother-in-law, Clyde Battjes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donna Zeerip ’63 Cook of Holland, Mich., died on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. She was 72. She volunteered playing the piano at Freedom Village. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cook ’62. Survivors include her children, Melodie Cook ’89 Hoffman, Sharon (Brian) Cook-Bahr, Steve Cook, and Robin (Ken) Aalderink; six grandchildren; sister, Eleanor VanDyke; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol (Jay) VanderVliet, Ron (Marge) Cook, Jim Cook and Janice (Bob) George. Barbara VanVolkenburgh ’43 Darnell of Akron, Ohio, died on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. She was 92. She taught English in Traverse City and Lansing, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., and Mount Prospect, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Forrest Darnell; two sons, James Darnell and Douglas Darnell; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Robert Essink ’69 of Virgina Beach, Va., died on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. He was 66. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 30 years. He was employed by TRW and Northrup Grumman at the U.S. Joint Forces Command J9 and Joint Training and Simulation Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton (Hazel Anne) Essink; and a brother, Allen Essink. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Essink; son, Matthew Essink; daughter, Celeste; sister, Ruth (Dale) Alderink; brothers, Floyd (Sheila) Essink ’72, Herchel (Elsa) Essink, Wayne Essink, Ron (Kim) Essink; and many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. Howard Harrington ’57 of Redwood City, Calif., died on Friday, Dr. gisela strand German Club and the Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society. She had received several external grants during her time at Hope, and was the author of several published papers, and had made numerous presentations at professional conferences and workshops. Her professional activities had also included serving as a consultant and panelist for NEH summer seminars. Her activities in the community included training as a Stephen’s Minister to accompany members of her parish through difficult periods of their lives; serving as a counselor at the Center for Women in Transition; and volunteering at the local soup kitchen. Survivors include her soul mate, Jochen Haase; children, Mimi and Alexi; and three grandchildren, Sonia, Rye and Gabriel. started. She was the executive director with the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals from 1991 to 1996. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Smallegan ’51; and son, Daniel Smallegan. Survivors include her children, Barbara Smallegan ’69 (fiancé, Bill Kerchhaine) Huizenga, Edward (Cheryl) Smallegan, Jack (Lisa) Smallegan, Donald (Dolores) Smallegan, and Elizabeth Smallegan ’85 (Jeff) Ebihara; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Paul Van Wyk ’60 of Champaign, Ill., died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. He was 74. He was one of the first sex therapists and sex educators certified by the American Association of Certified Sex Educators in 1979. He started working in prisons and continued private practice, where he helped people resolve trauma and PTSD. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Julie Walvoord ’34 Van Wyk; first wife, Betty Vicha ’61 VanWyk; and brother, Bruce Van Wyk. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Pamela Collins Van Wyk; children Mark (Linda) Van Wyk, and Laura (Bob Wyzykoski) Van Wyk; stepchildren, Kathryn (Jim Spangler) Wilford, and Matt (fiancé, Monchie Blanco) Jager; brother, Carl (Carol VanMiddlesworth ’67) Van Wyk ’67; sister-in-law, Mikki Van Wyk; uncle, Raymond (Lorraine) Walvoord; and three grandchildren. 30 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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