<< Spark Online
1960's: Class Notes
your calendar for the 40-year class reunion:
Sylvia Van Dinther Miller '68 recently founded Kinderhaus Montessori School in Missoula, Mont. It is the sixth Montessori school she has helped to establish. "Dr. Maria Montessori's work with young children throughout the world helped me pull together all the Reformed theology and philosophy that I had absorbed (unconsciously, by the way) at Calvin," she wrote.
Maria VanElderen Wood '67 retired from her job as an office manager for the State of Michigan's Dearborn office and now works part time in sales for Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak.
Bernie Weidenaar '65 retired from ARCO Chemical in 1998 but returned to work with Penn Specialty Chemical Company a year and a half later. He lives in West Chester, Pa.
Karen Dykstra De Young '65 teaches language arts at Moline (Mich.) Christian School.
Gail Bangma Baker '64 took early retirement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1998 and now teaches part time at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Florida's panhandle. Last year, she was appointed to the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
Jerry Terpsma '66 is vice principal of Ripon (Calif.) Christian School and teaches history and government. He started the soccer program there in 1973 and, as coach for 28 years, had a record of 301-150-61. His son, Keith, now coaches the team.
Jon Sharpe '67 produces the "Sacred Concert" radio program for KLEF-FM in Anchorage, Alaska. On the weekend the U.S. bombings in Afghanistan started, he aired a three-hour edition called "Prayers for Peace." "It was a profound experience to put together the prayers of Christians across the centuries that entreat God for peace," Jon wrote. "Many of the prayers came out of intense war experiences."
Ronald De Young '64 has worked as a healthcare chaplain since 1986. After ten years serving hospice patients, he became staff chaplain at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., serving a 700-bed hospital and trauma center.
'65 helps to establish new urban ministries around the country as
vice president of the Council of Leadership Foundations in Oak Park, Ill.
Kenneth Dyk '67 is director of counseling at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Christian Schools, where he has taught for 34 years.
Agnes Lindemulder '65 writes poetry and has been published in a number of small journals. Her artwork has been shown in Agora Gallery in New York City. She teaches English at Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey.
Richard Strikwerda '64 coordinates the pastoral care ministry at his church in Barrie, Ont., and also serves as the seniors' elder.
After 23 years of teaching, Barbara Bandstra Vande Creek '65 opened Adeste Floral in Beavercreek, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Leon Vande Creek '64. She published a three-book math enrichment series in 2000.
Edward Postma '66 works in sales for Farmers Equipment Company in Lynden, Wash., where he lives with his wife, Annette Heerema Postma '65. Edward also serves as webmaster for a number of community nonprofit organizations.
Judith Kok Zwiers '67 is a teacher associate at Pella (Iowa) Community Schools. Her husband, Ronald Zwiers '67, is the band director at Pella Christian High School.
Robert Herrema '64 and Joyce Peuler Herrema '62 commissioned composer Alice Parker to write a choral work in memory of Bob's sister Barbara Herrema Guikema '66. The piece premiered in February, sung by the Robert Dole Chorale under Parker's direction in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Penn. Robert is an associate professor of music and director of choirs and orchestra at Marywood University in Scranton, Penn.
Gene Beerens '64 is pastor of community life and outreach at Bella Vista Church in Rockford, Mich. He also continues to serve as a consultant for Exodus Correctional Ministries, a rehabilitation ministry for ex-offenders he founded in 1988, and is a board member of the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Safety.
Mary Nobel Hoekstra '66 teaches music at Caledonia (Mich.) Elementary School and directs the band and choir at Dutton Christian Middle School.
Kathryn Davids De Vries ex'64 is a housekeeper for Rest Haven Christian Services' Holland Home in South Holland, Ill.
Samford DeGroot '64 works part time as a social worker in the Wyoming (Mich.) Public Schools. He had served for several years as director of congregational care ministries at Calvary Christian Reformed Church. He and his wife, Sharon Vroon DeGroot '61, live in Grandville, Mich.
For two years, John and Wilmina Brouwer Van Schepen, both '66, have visited Cambodia three times to train pastors and church workers. John also has taught a course in preaching at Cohen Theological Seminary, a Korean seminary in Bellflower, Calif. Wilmina volunteers in her church's GEMS program, Coffee Break and grief support group and is the local representative to the Christian Reformed Church's Board of Publications.
Ronald Dirkse '64 is in his 28th year of teaching math at the American School in Tokyo, Japan. He also grades advanced placement statistics tests.
Marjorie Nyenhuis Haines '66 is an independent wellness consultant for Nikken, Inc. and president of Renaissance Wellness Systems in Averill Park, N.Y. She serves as a deacon in the Second Congregational Church of Williamstown, Mass. Marjorie welcomes classmates to visit or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Mulder '65 has retired from working with people with disabilities at the Columbus Community Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jeannie Sterk Snoeyink '64 recently returned from a trip to Japan, where she had once been part of a Fulbright Memorial Teachers Program. She now works half time as a special education teacher in Champaign, Ill., where she lives with her husband, Vernon Snoeyink '62.
Marina Verdun '66 is a registered nurse in Kingwood, Texas.
Judith Quist Page '64 has directed the choir at Hope United Methodist Church in Edenville, Mich., for 30 years.
Judith De Wit Kuipers ex'68 owns Yellowstone Physical Therapy in Livingston, Mont. Her husband, Mel Kuipers '72, owns his own investment business.
Lois Hettinga Claerbaut '64 is an office assistant for Crown & Covenant Publications in Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband, Dale Claerbaut '67.
David Westmaas '67 is a middle school science teacher and K-8 counselor for the Northern Michigan Christian Schools in McBain, Mich.
Sharon Huizenga '67 teaches English as a Second Language at Saint Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wis., where she also is working toward a Masters of Divinity degree.
After almost 30 years in the public sector, Brent Bierma '67 retired as director of the Cass and St. Joseph (Mich.) Counties Department of Social Services in 1997. The next year, he became director of Bethany Christian Services in Kalamazoo. He was state president of the Association for Retarded Citizens and serves as an elder in his church, First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers. His wife, Ann Thomas Bierma '64, was director of Christian education in their church and now works in a dental office.
Elsie Boogaard Bowlby '60 plans to retire this year from teaching at Hanford (Calif.) Christian School, which she attended as a child and where she started the kindergarten program during her 27-year teaching tenure.
Allan DeLange '69 is president of the Society for Protective Coatings and also of the Midwest Coatings division of Kenny Manta Industrial Services in Chicago.
Herman Vanders '66 is a sales representative for Sears Home Improvements Division. He lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., with his wife, Gretchen Miller Vanders '63. "I enjoy playing in the alumni golf tournament every year," Herman writes.
Margaret Huizinga Vredeveld '64 pastors the Clare Congregational United Church of Christ in Clare, Mich., where she lives with her husband, Ronald Vredeveld '68. Margaret writes: "Our youngest daughter, Sheri Joy, died between Palm Sunday and Easter, one week after her 28th birthday. Sheri fought ovarian cancer for five years, giving us an example of courage and faith that has transformed our lives. Love your children! Tell them they are loved by God!"
Joy Stavenger Winkle '64 and her husband, Peter Winkle '63, have spent the last four decades teaching in Nigeria; Rehoboth, N.M.; and Hungary. "There are many other countries we have visited and observed the work of missionaries who have graduated from Calvin," Joy writes. "We have learned so much from other cultures and from working with other Calvin graduates." Joy now is a substitute teacher in West Michigan.
Martin Baker '68 teaches two criminal justice classes and an interim in South Africa for Calvin. He also works at For Sale By Owner Realty and as a screener for a local social services agency. Martin retired as a probation supervisor for the Michigan Department of Corrections in 1997.
Carol Veldman-Rudie '68 serves on the Non-Public Education Council at the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, the board of Christian Reformed Publications, and the board of Dordt College. She also is working to start a Christian high school with Calvin Christian School in Minneapolis.
James Voogt ex'64 recently completed a term as chair of the department of molecular and integrative physiology at Kansas University School of Medicine. He and his wife, Mary Velzen Voogt '66, live in Shawnee, Kan.
Charles Smalligan '68 recently retired after 33 years of teaching in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. "I am currently devoting much of my time to making wood sculptures and teaching wood carving," he writes.
Walter Werkhoven '67 is the VIST Coordinator for the Puget Sound Health Care System in Tacoma, Wash. He and his wife, Evelyn Van Dyk Werkhoven '67, are building a new home in Puyallup, Wash.
James Langeland ex'66 owns and manages Yntema Funeral Home in Zeeland, Mich.
Marjorie Ribbens Gray '68 is a tutor contractor for TUTORFIND and publishes her own poetry. She lives in Greenbelt, Md.
Richard '64 and Sandra Benthem Sytsma '66 returned to the U.S. last fall after 32 years as missionaries in Japan with Christian Reformed World Missions. Richard now is the dean of students at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Sandra Holwerda Klop '66 is writing a series of three quilting books. Her husband, Stanley Klop '66, works for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Walnut Crrek, Calif.
Gary Zondervan '63 is a revenue officer in the collection division of the Internal Revenue Service and announces football and basketball games for Ontario (Calif.) Christian High School.
Sally Folkringa '68 retired from General Motors last year after 31 years of service. She now volunteers for her church and with Christian services. Sally lives in Lansing, Mich.
Gerald Kramer '64 pastors Apostle Presbyterian Church in West Allis, Wis. Last October, he gave the opening invocation at the first session of the Wisconsin State Senate after the September 11 attacks. The invitation came through the Wisconsin Fire Fighters' Association. Gerald also serves as the chaplain of the West Allis Fire Department.
Judy Eekhoff '67 works as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in Seattle. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association.
After 30 years in education, Evert Vroon '65 became a realtor in Smithers, B.C., where he recently celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary with his wife, Linda Veenstra Vroon '65, the special education coordinator at Bulkley Valley Christian School. Evert also serves as president of the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board.
Verlyn Verbrugge '64 was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award by the Christian Booksellers' Association for his abridgement of a four-volume New Testament theological dictionary. He is a senior editor at Zondervan Publishing House and part-time pastor of Woodland Drive-In Church in Grand Rapids.
Geesje Suurdt Bronsema '65 is secretary and treasurer at Rangco's Service Centre Ltd. in Bethany, Ont.
Phyllis Schneider Eerkes '64 taught in four different Christian schools before becoming a psychologist's assistant in Edmonton. She now works as the office manager at St. Paul's Anglican Church and is active in the music ministry there.
Edward and Thelma Vanden Bosch Vlietstra, both '64, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last August. They both teach at Lacombe (Alta.) Christian School, Edward as a special needs math teacher and Thelma as a special needs aide.
James Dekker '69 pastors Hope Christian Reformed Church in Thunder Bay, Ont., where he lives with his wife, Rose Mary Brondsema Dekker '71. Last year, James took a three-month sabbatical to conduct leadership workshops for CRCs in Cuba, and last summer he "survived" his first triathlon. He also restores wood-canvas canoes and writes for a number of Christian magazines.
Judith Rogers '68 is principal of Norcross High School in Atlanta, Ga.
Thys Braaksma '68 takes private voice lessons and participated in a song festival and contest for seniors last spring in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he lives.
After teaching middle school for 30 years, Eugene Eenigenburg '64 became president of Schererville Cyclery Inc. He also is the clerk of Bloom Township, Ill., where he previously served as a trustee for 22 years.
Arend Stolte ex'63 is a teacher at Edmonton Christian School.
Calvin Scott '66 serves as vice-principal at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill.
Calvin Compagner '69 is the pastor of Friendship Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Doreen Gulker Compagner '70.
Dean Van Bruggen '66 retired recently as president and co-owner of Clark Associates Material Handling, Inc. in Grand Rapids.
Marcia Hamstra Sculley '66 is a registered nurse and the case manager for internal medicine at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
David Sluyter '65 is president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich.. The Institute is a non-profit foundation supporting research, education and service programs that explored the relationships between mind, body and spirit.
Gertrude Zaagman Oele '64 is a medical technologist at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. Her husband, Jerry Oele '61 owns Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.
Nicholas Vander Kwaak '63 is the chaplain at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids. He has been a Christian Reformed pastor for 35 years.
Since 1977, Frances Jordan '65 has been working in northern Thailand with New Tribes Mission. Her ministry is church planting and Bible translation for the Prai people.
Jane Hofstra Zwiers '67 retired last year from her position as library/media specialist at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich.
Carol Bakker Vreeke ex'65 is a registered nurse at Home Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. Her husband, Abe Vreeke '68, is principal of Lafayette Christian School.
Thomas Smith '65 retired last year from teaching at Northview Public Schools in Grand Rapids.
Carol Van Eck '67 won the 2000 Odyssey Award for Outstanding Teachers of Michigan History and now is working on a book and curriculum on Grand Rapids history for third graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.
Calvin Hekman '66 received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Maranatha Bible College in Chennai (Madras), India. In his role as director of The Tract League, he has partnered with several Indian church planters over the last decade and writes that 405 new churches were planted through the League's India office last year.
Glenn Verbrugge '62 is a general surgeon at Cadillac (Mich.) Surgical Care. He makes regular month-long teaching trips to Mkar Christian Hospital in Nigeria.
Janice Overzet '65 has spent 35 years teaching at Fremont (Mich.) Christian Middle School.
Diane Dubois Mokma '66 is proprietor of Moxie Builders, LLC in Holland, Mich. and volunteers with a safe home for battered women and their children.
Edward Tigchelaar '67 is president of Scott Capital Group, Inc., Canada's oldest and largest independently owned leasing company. He also serves as board chairman of Park Bible Church in Burlington, Ont.
Ted Veenstra '64 has spent the last four years volunteering abroad, teaching computer applications in China and in the Ukraine. He retired in 1997 from the Lincoln school system in Niagara, Ont.
Dan Straayer ex'68 has retired after 33 years at Steelcase, Inc. He and his wife, Barbara Brouwer Straayer '72, live in Grand Rapids.
Shirley Van Der Pol Van Kley '61 retired last year after teaching for three years in Peoria, Iowa, and 28 at Lansing (Ill.) Christian School.
Henry DeVries '68 is a field director with Christian Reformed World Missions. He invites potential short-term missionaries to look at his website, www.faithguam.org.
William Stroo '66 is a pastoral psychotherapist and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Vice-Chair of the Midwest Region. He provides community counseling and pastoral care at Heartside Ministries in downtown Grand Rapids as well as through his own business, Community Counseling Personal Growth Ministry.
Arthur Jongsma '65 owns Psychological Consultants in Grand Rapids. This spring will mark the release of his 30th book in the Psychotherapy Practice Planner series published by John Wiley.
Maynard Flikkema '65, Fredrick Kwant '67, David Dykstra '67 and Jim Grasman '70 spent a week whitewater rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. "We had to perform in our crew's talent show the last night on our trip," Maynard writes, "and our contribution was singing the Calvin alma mater. They loved the song!"