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10/13/2017 - Re: Ruth Ann Vincent

Sorry to report that Ruth Ann (Vincent) Gustafson passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Services will be announced at a future date by The Lee Chapel of Sytsema Funeral Homes.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Sytsema Funeral Home, (archived)

09/30/2017 - Re: Gerry VanEck

Gerrit P. VanEck passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan. Gerrit was born March 18, 1939 and his request was for no visitation or services.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: (archived - Tribune)

06/20/2017 - Re: Richard Olechnowicz

Sorry to report that Richard Olechnowicz passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017. Arrangements are being made by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Klassen Family Funeral Home, (archived)

05/25/2017 - Re: 2017 Reunion Golf Outing

Just a reminder to contact any of the following to participate in the golf outing at Evergreen Golf Course on Friday, July 28, 2017:

John Helmers 616-915-9496 — jkhghhs1958@gmail..com
Rusty Schaubel 216-838-1625 — wvuspar10@gmail.com
Bill Rowell 231-745-3403 — rowellwa@yhaoo.com

Lets have a GREAT TURN OUT FOR A FUN DAY OF GOLF!

Dave Matzen

05/21/2017 - Re: Mary (Kammeraad) Boes

Mary (Kammeraad) Boes passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Her obit is on the Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Klassen Family Funeral Home, (archived)

04/22/2017 - Re: Barbara Ann (Dixon) Johnston

Information received from Kim Johnston, Barbara (Dixon) Johnston's daughter-in-law. Barbara passed away in December, 2013.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: James Funeral Home, (archived)

04/18/2017 - Re: 59th Annual Class Reunion

Preliminary plans for the 2017 reunion - in PDF format.

Dave Matzen

03/29/2017 - Re: Judy Thoma Elenbaas

So sorry to inform you all, but Judie Elenbaas passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 27, 2017. Information about the service can be found at hultgrenfh.com

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Hultgren Funeral Home, (archived)

08/24/2016 - Re: Doug Barney

Just a note that I am going, not strong, but going. And my wife's name is Marilyn. Prayers for all.

Doug Barney

08/23/2016 - Re: George Vollmer

Sorry to report that George Vollmer passed away August 19, 2016.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Klassen Family Funeral Home, (archived)

07/08/2016 - Re: 58th Reunion of the Class of 58 GHHS

Just a reminder of the 58th Reunion plans: In three weeks...

Thursday, July 28 Canoe Trip contact Jan Lasko 906-241-9304

Friday, July 29 Golf Outing Evergreen Golf Course contact Gary Hudd 616-502-5613

Saturday, July 30 Potluck Picnic.....bring a dish to share and your own drinks; plates, napkins, service provided Pottawattomie Park 11 am to 3 pm contact Dave Matzen 812-618-8054

Sunday, July 31 Pizza Fricano's Muskegon 4 pm contact Dave Matzen

Hope to see many of you for a fun weekend! - Dave

06/17/2016 - Re: Phyllis Dayton (Sickman)

Dear Dave, Thank you for the reminder. We will be coming to GH the end of June to see our daughter and family before they head back to Indonesia. They are home for a months rest after 2&1/2 years with Mission Aviation Fellowship They will be gone again for another 2&1/2 years before another leave, so we will be home now instead of July.So sorry to have to miss the reunion again and see some of my old classmates. Please give them our greetings

Regards, Phyllis & Dave Dayton (Sickman)

Forwarded by Dave Matzen

01/25/2016 - Re: Mike Bazany

We have attached a letter to be enjoyed by all who gave pleasure to, and received pleasure from MIKE BAZANY.

Thank you, from his family.

Forwarded by Dave Matzen

Open/Download the letter (PDF)

10/27/2015 - Re: Nanci Katt Tysman

(Notification of Nanci's passing.)

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Klassen Family Funeral Home, (archived)

09/11/2015 - Re: John Crandle

Our classmate John Crandle passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I don't have any other details.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Langland Family Funeral Home, (archived)

08/24/2015 - Re: Chuck Joiner

Floyd C. "Chuck" Joiner passed away August 16, 2015. I do not have any other details. His obit was in the Tribune. Please pray for his family.

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Klassen Family Funeral Home

08/08/2015 - Re: Tom Molenkamp

Tom passed away May 9,2013 in Kentucky. His cousin (Charlene Mayrose) gave me the information. (Webmaster Note: a.k.a. Thomas Ray Blease, Thomas R Molenkamp/Molencamp)

Dave Matzen

Obituary: Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home, (archived)

03/27/2015 - Re: Mary Lou (Beekman) Nummikoski

Mary Lou (Beekman) Nummikoski passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at The Inn at Freedom Village in Holland. Her obituary is at Dykstra Funeral Home Holland

Pray for comfort and peace for Mary Lou's family. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Dykstra Funeral Home, (archived)

03/20/2015 - Re: Jack Fase

Jack Fase passed away unexpectedly on March 14, 2015 in Westlake Village, California. More information can be found by either Googling Jacob Peter Fase Jr. or Ventura County Star Obituaries - vcstar.com

Sorry for this news. Pray for comfort and peace for his family. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, (archived)

03/12/2015 - Re: Glen Giant

Glen A. Giant was killed in a car accident on March 7, 2015. I don't have any other details. There is an obituary in the Grand Haven Tribune.

Prayers for the family of comfort and strength, — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Sytsema Funeral Home (archived) Accident Report

01/13/2015 - Re: William Draper

Our classmate William (Bill) L. Draper passed away Friday, January 9, 2015. I've attached his picture and obituary.

Prayers for Bill's family during this loss. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: (archived)

01/05/2015 - Re: Francile Kay Boelens (Schultz)

Francile Kay Boelens (Schultz) died of a heart attack January 1, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon.

Pray for comfort for the family. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: VanZantwick, Bartels and Kammeraad Funeral Homes (archived)

10/31/2014 - Re: Roy Shields

The visitation will be Friday from 1-3 and7-9 at vanzantwick bartels kammeraad funeral home in grand haven at 7th and Washington. Funeral is at St. John's on Saturday at 11 am.

Thanks - Karen (Fwd by Dave Matzen)

Obituary: VanZantwick, Bartels and Kammeraad Funeral Homes (archived)

10/30/2014 - Re: Roy Shields

I'm sorry to inform all that Roy Shields passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Grand Haven. Visitation is Friday, October 31, 2014 from 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 at St Johns Lutheran Church on Taylor in Grand Haven. Service will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11am.

Please pray for Karen and family during this time. — Dave Matzen

10/20/2014 - Re: Wanda (Gringhuis) Anderson

Wanda is inviting all classmates to a showing of her art at the Grand Haven Community Center from October 27 through November 29. — Dave Matzen

10/16/2014 - Re: Roy Shields

Cy Stewart just informed me that Roy Shields is having a difficult time and needs our prayers. Please pray for comfort and peace for Roy. — Dave Matzen

04/30/2014 - Re: 2014 Class Reunion

Another class reunion (56th) was a lot of fun and an opportunity to visit with many classmates. Thank you to all that attended and contributed to a great three days of activities, food and fun.

RECAP: Friday, July 25, 2014 Golf Scramble at Evergreen Golf Course. Gary Hudd arranged, prepared a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks. 12 classmates participated with several guests for a total of 20.

RECAP: Saturday, July 26, 2014 Picnic from 11 am to 3 pm at Pottawattomie Park.Gary Hudd reserved the Park and prepared the buffet lunch. Deserts were provided by classmates. 47 classmates attended with guests for a total of 73.

RECAP: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Pizza at 4 pm at Fricano's in Muskegon arranged by Gary Hudd. 31 attended.

The weather was great as well as the fellowship. We'll do it again next year. RESERVE THE DATES OF JULY 23, 24, 25 26. We will add a canoe trip on Thursday the 23rd. Jan Lasko has volunteered to coordinate a 3 hour canoe trip down the White River. So far 8 classmates indicated they would participate (Jan, Ray Schaubel, Bill Rowell, Dave Matzen, Roger Keift, Mary and Howard VerBerkmoes, Nancy Boon).

Our updated list of deceased classmates is 59 through July, 2014.

Thank you to Gary Hudd for all his efforts to make this year's reunion another success.

Note this update is being sent to all classmates that have email. However, due to the cost of postage, this won't be sent to those that don't have email. I will send out an email and letter announcing next year's reunion around April of next year. Pass this along to any classmate you know that don't have email. Also, let me know if any mailing addresses, emails or phone numbers have changed.

Thanks, for a great reunion and look forward to another great time next year! — Dave Matzen

04/30/2014 - Re: Mike Bazany

Hi Dave — On a positive note the Bazany's are doing well with lots of poker, pickle ball and travel. June is fishing Flathead Lake outside Glacier National Park the touring the park, Alberta, BC, WA and CA. Fall is a month in France highlighted by renting a boat and spending 10 days on the Midi Canal. Wish everyone my best and enjoy the class activities.

Thanks again, Mike          (shared by Dave Matzen)

04/28/2014 - Re: Larry E. Kenyon

Larry Kenyon passed away June, 2012. His wife contacted me and gave me the information. Sorry to hear about Larry. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Stegenga Funeral Chapel (archived)

04/28/14 - Re: Joyce (DeRooy) Allen, Glenn Pickard, and Sharon (Kephart) Moeller

I have received the following about classmates from their family or their spouses:

Joyce (Derooy) Allen passed away last September, 2013. I do not know the date, but Joyce lived in Wyoming, MI. Her daughter reported the news.

Obituary: Matthysse, Kuiper & DeGraaf Funeral Directors (archived)

Glenn Pickard passed away October 26, 2013. His wife sent me the news. Glenn had Parkinson's. He lived in Florida.

Obituary: (archived)

Sharon (Kephart) Moeller reported that her husband, Don, passed away March 20, 2014. Sharon's address is 1108 5th Street NW, Waverly, IA 50677.

Obituary: Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home (archived)

Sorry to hear about these passings. They all will be dearly missed. Many blessings to all these families. — Dave Matzen

04/24/2014 - Re: LeRoy M. Francis

I just heard from Jean Francis that Le Roy passed away February 21, 2014. He had Parkinson's and Jean took care of him at home until he passed away. Jean's address is Jean Francis, 124 Wade-Stedman Rd, Stedman, NC 28391 if you would like to send a card. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Butler Funeral Home (archived)

09/27/2013 - Re: David Robertson

This is sad news. I knew David through Alma College, Presbyterian Villages and as the senior minister at Orchard Lake. He most recently served as an interim minister at Midland Memorial. He was a great minister and very sharp and intelligent man. Tom Cook (Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven)

09/27/2013 - Re: David Robertson Service

This is the service information from David's daughter Sarah:

Visitation at the Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Rd., Orchard Lake, MI 48324 on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm. The funeral will be at 3:00 pm with a reception to follow. — Dave Matzen

Obituary: Elton Black & Son Funeral Home (archived)

09/27/2013 - Re: David Robertson

Dear, Dear Friends ~

This is the saddest news I've ever had to share. Today we lost a beloved father, brother, grandfather and spouse. Because of his weakened condition due to chemo, David passed on to join the church eternal and triumphant this afternoon around 4 PM.

Early this morning the doctors had identified his colon infection as a deadly Clostridium Difficile (known in medical circles as "c diff) ." This caused very low blood pressure, leading to kidney failure. He was in extreme discomfort from the nausea but was alert and could talk with us to the end. A final measure to get rid of the septic material building up, dialysis, was tried but failed because his veins collapsed and the blood clotted. He understood the situation, was calm and sure to the end, as we sang favorite hymns, read scriptures and shared words of comfort and love. Jim left Traverse City around midnight, picked me up about 3 and we were at the hospital by 4 to join Sarah who had spent the night. Andy called from Chad in time to talk with David and brighten his final hours, then called again just as morphine was administered. His two sisters were there too, so David was surrounded by those who loved him.

With my eyes full of tears, I cannot write any more at the moment, but wanted you to know, and I thank you so much for your notes and prayers during his long struggle with cancer. I'll keep in touch.

Mary and the family — Fwd by: Dave Matzen

01/02/2013 - Re: Joan (Munch) Rosema

Joan (Munch) Rosema passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Visitation is Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6 to 8 at Klaassen Family Funeral home and the funeral will be Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11 am at the Lutheran Church. - Dave Matzen

Obituary: (archived)

GHHS 2012 Summer Get Together

Grand Haven High School Class of 1958

Annual Summer Get-Together and Picnic

GOLF Friday, July 27, 2012 coordinated by John Helmers. Those interested contact John at 3908 Ravine Drive, Allendale, MI 49401; phone 616-892-5898; cell phone 616-915-9496 or email jhelmers@altelco.net for details (course, time cost)

PICNIC Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Pottawattomie Park 11 am to 3 pm. Picnic food coordinated and provided by Gary Hudd and Bob Miller. If you could help Gary and Bob here are their contacts:

Gary Hudd 14474 Lincoln Street, Grand Haven, MI 49417 cell phone 616-402-0105 email dhuddsr@charter.net

Bob Miller 30843 Saint Onge Citcle, Warren, MI 48088 cell phone 586-219-1846 email m2591mkthtr@sbcglobal.net

Please bring your own drinks. A free will basket will be available to cover the cost of the rental and food.

Let me know by July 15 if you plan to attend the picnic so Gary and Bob can prepare enough food.

PIZZA Sunday, July 29, 2012 4 pm Fricano's Muskegon coordinated by Gary Hudd. A free will contribution will be taken for the pizza.

Come and enjoy the wonderful opportunity to relax and visit with many classmates.

Thank you to all that have supported and worked hard to make each get-together and picnic a success. If you have any questions or could help in any way, contact me at dmlmatzen@att.net or cell phone 812-618-8054

Dave Matzen

Summer Class Picnic

So can make plans for the summer of 2012. our annual summer class picnic will be Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 11 am to 3 pm at Pottawattomie Park.

This has been a wonderful opportunity to relax and visit with many classmates. As in the past, there could be golfing, canoeing and pizza as additional activities. These depend on interest and volunteers to coordinate the activities. Let me know if you have any interest in any of these activities.

In advance of the picnic and other activities, I'll send more details and a reminder.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 28, 2012 and come and enjoy renewed friendships with many classmates.

Thanks to all that have supported and worked hard to make each picnic enjoyable. Looking forward to another great time.

Dave Matzen

10-31-11 - On a happier note: Leland - a new classmate-authored novel

LeelanauNews.Com - October 17, 2011

See the online Leelanau Enterprise Article or the archived version

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Holland Sentinel, The (MI) - October 2, 2011

'Leland - a Novel'

"Leland - a Novel" tells the fictional story of ordinary people living amidst the extraordinary beauty of Michigan's National Lakeshore.It's about the not-sogood side of good people, and the good side of the not-so-good.It covers the young and the old and how they become enmeshed in circumstances that conspire to destroy the beauty in their lives and the character of their personal histories.The author resides in Grand Haven.

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Traverse City Record-Eagle (MI) - October 9, 2011

Gene I. Warner writes 'Leland'

TRAVERSE CITY - Gene I. Warner has written "Leland," a novel about people living near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's a story about ordinary people living in the midst of extraordinary beauty, including the good and not-so-good sides of those people. Warner also is the author of "The Manitou Passage Story" and "Mind Over Monster." The author resides in Grand Haven, Michigan.

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hameless self promotion - Gene Warner

10-24-2011 - Re: Don Bigler

More about Don from Billie - Dave Matzen

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Dave

Per Don's wishes we had a 'private good-bye', no public services/memorials ... to many people's consternation ... .just our immediate family ... son, grandchildren, etc. Don was cremated and his ashes will be scattered off his 'beloved' Grand Haven Pier at an undisclosed time. Anyone wishing to donate in his memory can contribute to Junior Golf Association of AZ, 10888 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029. Seriously, I doubt anybody would be interested because of the of the loss of closeness to many of his classmates through the years. He always shared /remembered his youth in Grand Haven ... those years were very special to him. Last summer our Son, Grandchildren spent time in Grand Haven going to all of Don's 'special' places/haunts. Quite a remembrance for their beloved Grandfather/Father/Father-in-Law/ Husband. He will be missed but always remembered!

Thanks, Billie

10-23-2011 - Re: Don Bigler

I was just informed of the death of Don Bigler by Billie Bigler. He passed away September 7, 2011. I don't have any other details at this time. Thought you all would like to know. - Dave Matzen

Obituary: Moore-Grimshas Memorial (archived) | Arizona Republic

05/20/2011 - Class Reunion

Attached is the reservation form and information about our three class ('56, '57, '58) get together this summer August 12. Note the due date for reservations and also the other activity opportunities. Hope to see many of you there. It should be fun to see classmates from the other classes. Note that the attachment is a pdf file and can not be opened in Word.

Look forward to another fun filled fellowship picnic. - Dave Matzen

05/04/2011 - Re: Barbara (Harz) Bonny

I just wanted to report of the tragic death of Barbara (Harz) Bonny in a house fire Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Naples Park, Florida. Dave Matzen

Obituary: Naples News Article | Grand Haven Tribune Article | Grand Haven Tribune (archived)

04/04/2011 - Re: Karyn Rue (Dirkse) Draper

Our classmate Karyn Rue (Dirkse) Draper passed away March 23, 2011 in Crozier, Virginia. Thought you all would like to know. I don't have any other details. - Dave Matzen

Obituary: Richmond Times-Dispatch (archived)

10-19-2010 - Re: Richard (Dick) Ruiter

It is with sadness that our classmate Richard (Dick) Ruiter passed away May 26, 2010 in Franklin, Oakland County, Michigan. I have no other details to share. - Dave Matzen

Obituary: Bikram Yoga Memorial (archived)

10-19-2010 - Re: Fred Lasko (husband of Janet Blaksley Lasko)

Fred passed away last Friday at home in his sleep at 10:05 am. The service will be this Saturday in Nahma. He wished to be cremated. If you'd like to see the obit, you may do so at the Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home website.

My daughter Linda has been here with me for almost two weeks. Her family came up on the weekends. The rest of my family will be here Friday night. They've been such a big help. - Janet Lasko

08-05-2010 - Summer Get-Together

Classmates ... What a wonderful summer of activities ... canoe trip; golf; picnic and pizza

We had a great turn out:
    • 16 for the canoe trip down the lazy White River on a great day
    • 12 golfers on Friday at Evergreen Golf Course another beautiful day
    • 70 attended the picnic (48 classmates and 22 guests) at Pottawattomie Park
    • 46 enjoyed pizza at Fricano's in Muskegon

Special thanks to those that made all the activities so enjoyable: Gary Hudd for all the great food (golf, picnic, and pizza); Janet Lasko for arranging the canoe trip; Gene and Patty Warner for the lunches for the canoe trip; John Helmers for organizing the golf outing; Bob and Dorothy Miller for all their help at the picnic and all those that brought desert. Thanks to all that participated in some or all of the activities. What a great way to keep in touch and to have fellowship.

For those that did not attend....we lost three classmates since last year:
    — Bill Selgert September 3, 2009
    — Arlynn Hodges January 27, 2010
    — Barbara (Abraham) Bishop July 9, 2010
    — and one from 2008, Jim Swieringa July 15, 2008

Since we have a good balance in our bank account, we voted to send $500 to the Grand Haven Schools Foundation. It's wonderful that we are able to make contributions back to our school and community.

Next year we will combine with the classes of 1956 and 1957 for a picnic on August 12, 2011. More details to come.

If you have a computer, check out our class website that was created by Gene Warner at www.ghhs58.org. This is a great way to communicate with classmates. Check it out and use it. Also if any of your addresses change (home/email), please let me know.

Again, thanks to all those that made this year a wonderful time of fellowship! - Dave Matzen

01-29-2010 - Re: Classmate Passes Away

Arlynn L. "Art" Hodges passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in Allendale, Michigan. The obit is in the Grand Haven Tribune today. (Grand Rapids Press Obituary) - Dave Matzen

12-30-2009 - Re: Death of Parent of Judy (Bierman) Schippers

Helen E Bierman of Grand haven, mother of Judy (Bierman) Schippers, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 96 years of age. She leaves four children, and many grandchildren and greatgrand children. Service arrangements will be announced later by the (Clock Life Story Funeral Home of Grand Haven.) - Jim Shippers

09-08-2009 - Re: Bill Selgert

I have just been informed that Bill Selgert passed away September 3, 2009. Bill's funeral was held today (Tuesday, September 8, 2009) at St. John's Lutheran Church of Grand Haven. (Muskegon Chronical Obituary) - Dave Matzen

08-28-2009 - Fall Get-Together Reminder

Just a reminder about our Get-Together on September 11, 12 and 13. There is still time to sign up. In fact, come to any or all the events. This is another great opportunity for fellowship with our classmates.

Here are the details:
     • Friday, September 11 - Golf Outing Evergreen Golf Course 8:30 am start time
        cost $35 includes green fee, lunch and prizes.
     • Friday, September 11 - Football game GHHS vs Muskegon 6:30 pm no charge,
        but suggest a $5 donation to the Athletic Endowment Fund
     • Saturday, September 12 - Picnic at Pottawattomie Park 10 am to 2 pm
        free will donation to cover cost.
     • Sunday, September 13 - Pizza Fricano's in Muskegon around 4 pm
        free will donation to cover cost.

If you can't make any of the activities, please let us know of any changes in your address and if you know of other classmates that did not receive this information. Send your participation intentions to Mary Voetberg, or mail to ...
        Mary Voetberg
        4184 Butternut Dr.
        Holland, MI 49424

Contact me if there are any questions ...dmlmatzen@att.net or 812-853-2142 - Dave Matzen

05-17-2009 - Personal Website or Public Profile?

Reminder: Do you have a personal website, or a public personal networking profile (e.g., on Facebook, Myspace, or etc.)? Share it your classmates here. Let everyone know wha'sup with you now. To keep the "classmates" listings simple, links to personal pages are attached to your current physical address. Clicking on the 'City, ST' segment of your listing will open your personal home page. If you'd like to share your link, send me a note with a link to your site or profile. - Webmaster (Gene Warner)

05-10-2009 - Re: Jim Braak

It is with a deep sense of sadness that our good friend and classmate Jim Braak has passed away. Jim died today and the funeral will be in Spring Lake at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Spring Lake Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday, May 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance Rd. NW, Grand Rapids. (Grand Rapids Press Obituary) - Dave Matzen

04-01-2009 - From: Scott Braak

I am writing this email to you from the bedside of my dad as he is at Butterworth-Spectrum in Grand Rapids. For those of you that may or may not be aware dad is fighting stage 4 cancer. He is on day 6 of radiation and took his first dose of chemo yesterday. Dad was diagnosed 3 1/2 weeks ago and, as with everything in his life, is fighting this battle head on.

Mom brought dad in Friday night as he had not been eating or taking in fluids. Thanks to her and my cousin for forcing him to go ("I ain't going into no hospital") as his blood pressure was 60/35 and electrolytes were out of balance. He admits today that had it not been for them forcing him to go in he might not be with us today.

I have set up an account with Care Pages where you can go in and after setting up a username and password search for Jim Braak and get updates. I will update it as often as possible. www.carepages.com/connect

Dad is in good spirits and back at it again......I feel for the nursing staff. Seriously, dad is doing much better today and is actually gaining some strength. He plans to be here until at least next Monday and can receive emails through the Spectrum website at the following link (address removed - no longer active) They will hand deliver your email in a sealed form to his bed.

For all of those who ask "If there is ever anything I can do" ... please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

(Message forwarded by Dave Matzen)

03-23-2009 - Re: Richard Ruiter

Dear Jim,

Dave emailed me about your cancer. I want to wish you the best as you go through this. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I, too am in the middle of the same thing. I am scheduled to begin radiation in two weeks. Difficult as it is, I am managing to stay positive through the whole ordeal. I wish the same for you.

Dick Ruiter

(Message forwarded by Jim Braak. If you would like to contact Dick, his mailing address and phone number are available here, or send a note to Richard - Dave Matzen)

03-22-2009 - Re: Jim Braak

I just wanted everyone to know that a dear friend and classmate, Jim Braak, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for strength, healing and peace for Jim.

If you would like to contact Jim, his mailing address and phone number are available here, or send a note to braakster@aol.com - Dave Matzen

01-23-2009 - Re: Judy Wheeler Decker

I have been informed of the death of our classmate Judy Wheeler Decker. She passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 at home. I don't have more details, but I understand that an obituary will be in the Tribune soon (Funeral Home's Obituary). Thought you would all like to know. - Dave Matzen

11-12-2008 - Re: Grand Haven Schools Foundation

Our class has donated to the Grand Haven Schools Foundation. Go to www.ghsf.org and click on Alumni Fund and read about the Foundation and our contributions. The Foundation provides gifts and grants within the Grand Haven Public Schools. A donation is a great way to give back to our school. - Dave Matzen

10-29-2008 - Another Classmate Passes

Sorry to report that Jerome Willoughby of Spring Lake passed away Sunday, October 26, 2008 at a Muskegon Hospital. - Dave Matzen

10-02-2008 - 50th Class Reunion Commorative CD

As a follow-up to our 50th Class Reunion this past summer, a picture DVD is being made available to all classmates. The picture DVD contains pictures submitted by classmates and includes all reunion activities (golf outing, reunion fellowship/dinner, tour, picnic and pizza party). This is a great memory record of our 50th reunion.

If you would like to purchase the picture DVD, it is $5.00 including shipping. Please send a check made out to Grand Haven Class of 1958 and send to Mary Voetberg, 4184 Butternut Dr., Holland, MI 49424 by November 1, 2008. The DVD will be sent to you after the November 1, 2008 deadline.

If there are any questions, you may contact Bob Miller at 586-771-8806 or Dave Matzen at 812-853-2142. It was great seeing so many classmates at the 50th. - Dave Matzen

08-23-2008 - More on Kick-Off Events for Our 51st Year

The next class get together will be September 11, 2009 at a Grand Haven/Muskegon football game. Also being planned is a picnic on the 12th and possibly pizza on the 13th. Maybe even a golf outing, if the weather is ok. There will be committees organized as soon as I can put them together. We'll keep you all informed. So circle the weekend of September 11-12-13,2009. - Dave Matzen

08-22-2008 - Re Gindy (VanZylen) Barnard

Gindy is scheduled for rotator cuff surgery on Aug. 27, 2008 and would love to hear from classmates while recuperating! (contact info)

08-17-2008 - Kick-Off Event for Our 51st Year

Our next class event(s) will include a Grand Haven football game September 11, 2009. There will be more details to follow. Mark the weekend of September 11 - 13, 2009 for an opportunity to visit and renew friendships with classmates.

07-31-2008 - 51st reunion planning under way

We have begun the planning of our next reunion. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the planning of this event. Please see our reunion page for contact information.