Archive for Alumni

Remembering Our WMC Warriors

“My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever.”  -Psalms 73:26

This section is dedicated to members of the Warrior Nation who have passed on to eternal glory. 

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens, age 91, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Muskegon. Donna was born September 2, 1928, to James and Katherine (Fischer) Siplon in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. Donna grew up at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Muskegon, and she and her husband, Rich, were longtime members of First Reformed Church. She was currently a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church of Norton Shores. On November 22, 1950, Donna married Richard J. Stevens, and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2011. Survivors include 4 children: Terrance J. (Beth) Stevens, Joni L. (Dan) Wagenmaker, Mark J. (Cindy) Stevens, Kathy A. (Rick) Wilkie; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and one on the way; her in-laws: Les and Marva Stevens. Donna was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, and by a special uncle, Herman Fischer. Donna loved the Lord and enjoyed Bible studies, singing in the choir, picnics at Lake Michigan, walking in the mall with Rich, spending time with her family, baking, and knitting.

Brian D. Vredevoogd, age 57, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, October 26, 2019. Born in Zeeland to Clarence and Johanna Vredevoogd, Brian devoted his life to impacting the lives of middle schoolers. For 36 years he taught Bible and History at Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. He was a founding member and elder of Celebration Community Church. Brian loved to travel, dote on his grandkids, read voraciously, and extend hikes to fit in one more waterfall. He was married to his best friend for 37 years. CLICK HERE to read a “Tribute to a Dear Friend, Mentor, and Colleague.

Mr. William Malda

Mr. William Malda, age 96, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, at The Poppen Residence. Bill was born December 19, 1922, in Rothbury, MI; and has resided in the Muskegon area since 1948. Bill was a U.S. Army – World War II veteran; and was a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received at St. Lo, France. He served from January 1, 1943, through December 8, 1945. Upon his discharge, Bill became a masonry contractor with his brother Ben, from 1947 – 1987. On October 20, 1948, he married the former Cornelia “Connie” Rop; and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2010. Bill was a former member of First Christian Reformed Church; and now of Grace Christian Reformed Church.

Ottolena Van Andel (DeHorn) died on September 21, 2019, at her home after a long confinement. Ottolena was born in Muskegon on January 26, 1919, to Arie and Marie (VanBrulgel) DeHorn, and married John VanAndel in 1946. She and John owned and ran the VanAndel Hardware on Terrace Street in Muskegon, until his death in 1967. She then worked as an inventory clerk at Hardware Distributors, Inc. until retiring in 1997. She was a life-long member of the Christian Reformed Church, attending East Muskegon CRC until it closed, then attending Allen Avenue CRC. Ottolena liked working with her hands, doing ceramics, needlecraft, china painting, and making quilt tops. But most of all, Ottolena enjoyed spending time with her family-watching the grandkids and great-grandkids after school, attending sporting and musical events, and cooking Sunday dinners.

Pearl Vanderlaan

Pearl Vanderlaan

Reformed Church, and was a dedicated supporter of Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School/Middle School. With her quiet spirit, she served the Lord in many very special ways. Pearl was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. On May 4, 1950, she married Arnold J. Vanderlaan, and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2018. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her entire family.

If you have information of any other WMC alumni, staff, supporters, or friend who has passed, please email scottliggett@wmchs.net .


Western Michigan Christian School’s 2018 Auction is Saturday, March 17

WMC is 70 Years Young and We’re Celebrating at our Annual Auction 

Have you Saved-the-Date yet?

The ground was broken in Muskegon, MI in the fall of 1948 and WMC was born.  

So much has changed in 70 years…different faces, different building, different programs. And yet the legacy that was started by a group of families with a vision and a calling to build a high school for Christ-centered education lives on and lives strong!

The auction, which is held annually in the spring, is WMC’s biggest (and most FUN) fundraising event!  

This event is for EVERYONE who…

  1.   Loves Christian education
  2.   Is a parent, grandparent, staff, retiree, or alumni of WMC
  3.   Loves to support local non-profit organizations making a giant impact on the world
  4.   Loves to have a fun night out with friends and raise money for a great cause
  5.   Loves birthday cake

When & Where – The Deets

  • DATE:  Saturday on March 17, 2018
  • TIME:  5:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Fricano’s Muskegon Lake at 1050 W. Western Ave., Muskegon.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available beginning January 31 in the High School Office or through your favorite WMC Board Member.

  • Adults:  $25 each (includes dinner, late night pizza, soft drinks and coffee, and 2 complimentary beverages)
  • Students:  $10 each (includes dinner, late night pizza, and soft drinks)

Whether you remember the birth of WMC, are raising current or future Warriors, or just love a good party, we hope you’ll join us in this celebration of legacy, friendship, and excellence!

Click here >> to view PDF of the WMC Auction Poster 2018

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE INVITATION

Calling Warrior Nation to the WMC Gym:

On behalf of Western Michigan Christian, we want to extend an invitation to all WMC High School alumni and their families to join us for our Night of Remembrance at the WMC gym for the boys/girls varsity basketball games on Friday, December 22.
The WMC Athletic Department will honor beloved WMC athletes who have gone to be with the Lord.
First of all, families will be recognized during the boys varsity halftime presentation, additionally, they will be mentioned in the event program and their athlete’s picture will be displayed in honor. Immediate family members of former Warrior Athletes will be given free admission.
We are asking that families email the following information to WMC:
  • Name of Warrior Athlete
  • Sport played
  • Graduation Year
  • One Sentence Memory
  • Athlete’s Photo
Please email all information to mrglerum@wmchs.net or mail information attention Josh Glerum to 455 East Ellis, Norton Shores, MI by Friday, December 15th.
Most importantly, in order to reach many Warrior generations, we need your help in getting the word out. Please forward this information, or print and share in person, to anyone you know who would like to honor a departed Warrior family member.
It is our intention to honor as many Warriors as possible during this evening!
Blessings,
Josh Glerum and the WMC Athletic Department