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Jan André Bootsma-A Legacy of Generosity

Janet André  Bootsma, age 69 of Lafayette, Indiana, died on Monday, July 14, 2008, after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The wife of former Trinity president Dr. Kenneth Bootsma, she was a faithful friend of the College.

Jan gave generously of her time and was actively involved in local Lafayette civic organizations, schools, and her church. She served on a number of boards, including the national Barnabas Foundation and the advisory board of the National Youth Sports Program at Purdue University.

She enjoyed various careers, including chief technologist for the Physicians Clinical Laboratory and for Purdue University Hospital, and vice president for marketing of CliniChrom Laboratories, Inc. of Lafayette. In addition, Jan launched Vetronics, Inc., a Lafayette company that today serves a worldwide market of veterinarians.

Jan was preceded in death by her first husband of 32 years Herm André in 1992. She married Ken Bootsma in 1994. Surviving with her husband are two sisters—her twin, Betty (Harold) Post of Orland Park, Illinois; and Estelle (Chuck) Batzel of Oak Lawn, Illinois. She will also be greatly missed by her stepchildren and their children.

“The Trinity community mourns with Ken and his family at this tremendous loss,” said Larryl Humme, Trinity’s vice president for development. “We are grateful for all the opportunities we had to celebrate life with Jan when she came to the campus. Her desire to see Trinity Christian College become all that God intends it to be was evident in her words and her expressions of giving.”

In September 2007, the Board of Trustees Executive Committee had the honor of accepting a significant gift from the Bootsmas toward the purchase and renovation of the building that now houses the College’s new bookstore and café. Grateful for the gift and for Dr. Bootsma’s presidency from 1984-1996, the committee voted to honor the couple by naming the facility the Bootsma Bookstore Café at Navajo Creek.

Visitation was held on Thursday, July 17, at the Hippensteel Funeral Home in Lafayette, Indiana. Many friends and family attended the memorial service on Friday, July 18, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. Officiating was Rev. Howard Hoekstra and Rev. David Henderson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Christian College, ALS Foundation, and/or Charity of Choice.


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