Class Notes • Eighties

Almost every year since graduation these six friends from the Class of 1984 have been reuniting at Rockefeller Center in New York City: Ann Zylstra De Groot, Mary Van Duyn Zandstra, Jill Kuyers Fahr, Anita Klompmaker VanDeBerg, Linda Peters Carey and Kerry Courtley Peltola.

Four years ago, Chuck Schipper ’81 and his wife, Kathy, began to think about who would care for their multiply-impaired daughter, Angela, when they are no longer able. They discovered that Ottawa County, Mich., has only eight spaces available for the long-term care of severely impaired persons, all of them full, a situation mirrored around the country. They began to meet with other parents with the same concern, first to pray, and then to create the kind of home they desired for their children. “God has really blessed our efforts,” Chuck says. In July, Harbor House Ministries will open its first building — two six-bed homes under one roof — on five acres in Ottawa County. Because daily care for the severely impaired is so costly, the members of Harbor House Ministries plan to build the first home and two more like it by 2008, debt-free, for an estimated $3 million. To learn more about Harbor House Ministries or to contribute to the building campaign, see their Web site:

For the past ten years Lauren Thompson ’87 has lived in Germany and Switzerland. She’s now in London as head of marketing in the UK for UBS Wealth Management.

In January Barb Huizinga Bergsma ’82 left her position as a learning assistant in charge of student support services at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse, Y.T., to change places with a colleague from a public alternate special education school in Australia for 2004. Barb, her husband, Ron, and their two daughters will be living in Woodend, near Melbourne, during the year of teaching exchange. Barb writes, “I really feel this is a gift that was given to me and my family to experience another unique part of God’s world and a different but English culture, and to meet some Christians on the other side of the world.”

Jim Ruschen ’81 and Gaye Kruissekbrink Ruschen ’80 in Wichita, Kan., experienced a wave of nostalgia this past fall when they sent their oldest daughter, Ginny, to Calvin as a freshman. They write, “We are proud to carry on a family tradition.”

Pianist Kris De Koster VanRiper ’88 has recorded her first CD. Titled Thou Art Worthy, the recording blends contemporary Christian songs with more traditional favorites. For more information on the CD, e-mail Kris at

Julie Vos Yonker ’82 received her Ph.D. in experimental cognitive psychology in November 2003 from Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden. Among those on hand to witness her dissertation defense were her husband, Jeff Yonker ’82, their two daughters, and Julie’s father, Kenneth Vos ’65 and mother, Calvin professor emerita of French Claude-Marie Baldwin Vos ’71.

Charles Befus ’86 and his wife, Joy, serve as missionaries with Grace Ministries International in Costa Rica, where they have lived for 17 years. They and their nine children make their home in San Antonio de Belen.

Mark Stephenson ’82 and Beverly Luchies Stephenson ’81 have lived in West Olive, Mich., for the past seven years with their four children. Mark serves as pastor of the West Olive Christian Reformed Church, and Beverly teaches half-time at the Ottawa Area Center, a school for disabled children and adults.

The U.S. Patent Office recently granted Daniel Lieuwen ’87 his tenth patent for a technique that combines database and telecommunications technologies; all his patents involve databases, telecommunications or Web technologies. Daniel works at Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, N.J. In addition to his technical publications, Daniel recently had his fourth article on church history, his amateur avocation, published. He also serves on the council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship for North America and is president of the Jail Chaplaincy of Somerset County.

Providence Home Mortgage in Grand Rapids, Mich., has hired Doug Baker ’80 as its new president and CEO. Profits from Providence’s brokerage services help support the work of the Inner City Christian Federation, which assists low- and moderate-income families in purchasing homes.