A Life in Brief: Jonathan
W. Cuperus, June 7, 1980 - December 31, 2003
newlyweds Jon and Jessica Cuperus, what began as a casual evening with
friends at their Palos Hills apartment on December 31 ended with Jon's
sudden and unexpected death. Efforts to revive him after he collapsed around
9 p.m. were unsuccessful; he was pronounced dead at Palos Community Hospital.
Jon Cuperus was 23 years old.
The only son of Evan and
Shirley Cuperus of Jenison, Michigan, Jon graduated from Trinity with degrees
in history and political science in 2003. He and his wife, Jessica Vander
Laan '03, were married on May 31 at Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak
Forest. As a student, Jon worked in the athletics department as coordinator
for intramurals and game manager for men's and women's volleyball, soccer,
and basketball, taking responsibility for setting up the gym, making sure
student workers were in place, and announcing during the games.
"He was a very conscientious,
hard worker," said coach Sue Gasperec. "The coaches could always depend
on him to get things done; we never had to worry before a game because
Jon would take care of things. He was a valuable asset to our department,
and will be missed by all of us."
When the opportunity to work
for Trinity as an admissions counselor became available last June, Jon
applied for the position because he believed that God wanted him to be
here. "He loved the College and loved serving the Lord, and wanted to do
something that would have a positive impact on young people," said Pete
Hamstra, vice president for advancement and admissions. Jon traveled to
many states to meet prospective students in his territory, which included
Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
He was looking forward to accompanying the Praise Team on their tour through
the southwest in January.
"Jon was a great guy to work
with," said Josh Lenarz '98, director of admissions. "Whatever he did,
he always did with his whole heart. Everyone here will miss his upbeat
personality and positive attitude. He had so much energy and enthusiasm
for Trinity and wanted to make a difference in kids' lives."
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