Posted tagged ‘condolences’

Condolences to Dale Betts

March 8, 2018

We extend our condolences to Dale Betts, of Purchasing, and his family on the death of his brother, James Betts, on March 5.

Condolences to Misty McClure-Anderson

February 23, 2018

We extend our condolences to Misty McClure-Anderson, Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison, on the death of her mother, Marilyn McClure, on Feb. 21.

Condolences to Julie Parks

January 31, 2018

We extend our condolences to Julie Parks, of Workforce Training, and her family on the death of her father-in-law, Charles Parks Jr.

Condolences to friends, family of Keith Longberg

January 24, 2018

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Language Arts faculty member Keith Longberg, who died Dec. 21. A memorial service was held today.

Longberg was a driving force behind the Million Dollar Faculty initiative in 1984, which raised money for GRCC (then GRJC) Foundation scholarships. He was named Faculty Emeritus in 2007, and the Keith Longberg Trust Scholarship is named for him.

Keith Longberg talks to a student at a Creating Connections breakfast in 2015.

Message of thanks from Anderson/Kozal families

January 12, 2018

A message from David (IT), Lilly (retiree) and Jared (Purchasing) Anderson and Christian Kozal (Enrollment Center):

Dear GRCC family,

We’d like to thank everyone for the prayers, thoughts, phone calls, email and text messages, cards, American Heart Association donations and attendance at visitation and/or funeral of Ronald Kozal (Lilly’s Dad). He is and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and our community.


Condolences to Chad Lodenstein

January 12, 2018

We extend our condolences to Chad Lodenstein, of the Automotive Department, on the death of his wife, Heidi, on Jan. 9. Services are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ, 4950 32nd Ave. in Hudsonville.

Condolences to David, Lilly, Jared Anderson

January 3, 2018

We extend our condolences to David, Lilly and Jared Anderson on the passing of Lilly’s father, Ronald J. Kozal, on December 31.  David is the chief information officer at GRCC; his wife, Lilly, recently retired from her position as GRCC’s associate dean of Academic Outreach.  Their son, Jared, manages online store operations in Purchasing at GRCC.  Services will be held Thursday, January 4, at the Basilica of St. Adalbert, at 1 p.m., where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 3, at Arsulowicz Brothers Stocking Mortuary, from 6-9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Memorials in Ronald’s name may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be sent to: David and Lilly Anderson, 10305 Chinook Drive, Allendale, MI 49401.

Condolences to Lynnae Selberg

December 7, 2017

We extend our condolences to Lynnae Selberg, program director of Academic Advising & Transfer Center/Counseling and Career Development, on the passing of her father, Theophile Wybrecht, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.


Condolences to Nicole Dekker, Cathy Noviskey

November 29, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to Nicole Dekker, of Staff Development, and Cathy Noviskey, of Student Affairs, upon the death of their grandfather and father-in-law on Monday, Nov. 27. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Interment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Condolences to family, friends, colleagues of Tom Worthington

November 29, 2017

Tom Worthington, a respected faculty member at GRCC/JC for nearly 50 years, died over the weekend following an extended illness. His colleagues in the Math Department have put together this retrospective and memorial:

August 20, 1964: Grand Rapids Junior College was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. We had approximately 3,500 students and 90 full-time faculty.  In-district tuition was $6 per credit hour. Semesters were 18 weeks long, with the second semester ending in mid-June. All Mathematics, Physics and Engineering instructors were in the same office, 326 Main; some taught courses in all three disciplines. Total mathematics enrollment was around 700 students each semester, in roughly 30 sections.

It was in this environment that a 21-year-old Tom Worthington began his 47-year career at GRJC/CC. Having recently completed his MS in Engineering at MSU, Tom was hired to teach Physics. Over the next 19 years he taught Physics 125, 126, 245 and 246; Engineering 208 (Statics), and a course that sounds fascinating but no longer exists: Physics 101, “Physics Theories,” in which “…emphasis will be placed on the social and philosophical implications of scientific theories, rather than on mathematical and technical applications.”

Tom created the college’s first computer programming course. Since there was no Computer Applications Department at that time, it was listed under mathematics as Ma 120 “Computer Mathematics.” In a 2-hour lecture plus 2-hour lab format, students wrote programs in Fortran II to solve problems involving Newton’s Method, Simpson’s Rule and solutions to systems of equations. Programs were run on an IBM 1620 computer that sold for $45,000 in 1966 (about $350,000 today). It was slower and had less memory than today’s simplest graphing calculators.

In 1983, Tom made the move from Physics to Mathematics, and in the ensuing 28 years taught Ma 004/104 (now 098), 107, 108, 110, 131, 133, 134 and 255. That he taught at least 15 different courses in two separate departments is a testament to his versatility as an instructor. He also exhibited a great deal of curiosity and creativity, especially when it came to technology. When graphing calculators came to GRJC in 1990, his initial skepticism quickly changed to enthusiasm, and his ability to write useful calculator programs became legendary.  Tom shared his knowledge with the greater GRCC community at three of the Mathematics Department’s Monthly Seminars, giving talks on Chaos, Curve Fitting and the Doomsday Algorithm. 

Tom will be remembered for many things. His 47 years as a full-time faculty member has been surpassed only once, by Dick Foster (Electronics, 50 years).  The 400-plus sick days he accumulated must rank at or near the top. And how he was able, day after day, year after year, to arrive on campus at 8:58 for a 9:00 class will forever remain a mystery.      

Visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Metcalf-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave. SE, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Condolences to Nancy White and her family

November 8, 2017

We extend our condolences to Nancy White, of the Cashier’s Office, and her family on the death of her niece, Shardella White-Smith, on Nov. 1.

Condolences to Julie Parks and family

November 3, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to Julie Parks, of Workforce Training, and her family upon the death of her mother, Dorothy Ferris, on October 28, 2017.

Condolences to Tommy Brown

September 29, 2017

We extend our condolences to Tommy Brown, in Facilities, upon the death of his daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Condolences to family, friends of Virginia Klinesteker

September 18, 2017

We extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Virginia Klinesteker, former clinical director of GRCC’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs, who died August 19. Services are scheduled for September 23.

Message of thanks from Anderson family

September 5, 2017

A message from David Anderson, in IT:

Dear GRCC Family,

On behalf of our entire family, I would like to thank everyone for their support, compassion, cards, flowers, text and email messages and donations to the American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge during my father’s extended illness and recent passing. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Warm regards,

David, Lilly, Jared and Colton Anderson