GRANDPARENTS' DAY HIGHLIGHTS
When Edward and Jennie Stouwie
plan their social calendar, they usually reserve a date for a visit to
Since 1986, the College has
hosted Grandparents Day annually, and the Stouwies have attended nearly
half of those occasions. The couple from Lansing, Illinois were among nearly
200 grandparents who came to campus for this year's event April 14. They
visited their granddaughter Jennifer Derks, a junior who is their sixth
grandchild to attend the College, in addition to one of their own children.
"We look forward to our invitation
every year," said Jennie Stouwie, who has been married to her husband for
56 years. "It's nice that the College has a day for the grandparents, and
we love coming here to see our grandchildren."
The grandparents enjoyed
breakfast in the Frank and Grace Ozinga Grand Lobby and Recital Hall of
the Ozinga Chapel with their grandchildren before the College's customary
Wednesday morning chapel service. Senior Brent Van Til and Ken Boss, Trinity's
director of planned giving, delivered brief comments about faithfulness.
Both of them lauded the grandparents for their faithfulness to their families
and the College, and encouraged them to continue their support.
"Our grandparents helped
build this College," said Van Til, whose grandparents Case and Rosemary
Van Til were in the audience. "Without their vision and continued support,
Trinity would not be what it is today. It seems like every year since I
was a freshman, there's been a new building (Ozinga Chapel, Heritage Science
Center, and Alumni Hall). All of you play a large role in that growth."
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