John A. Hoogstra

  • Born: April 3, 1933
  • Died: September 17, 2021
  • Location: Holland, Michigan

Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home

315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
Tel. (616) 392-2306

Tribute & Message From The Family

John A. Hoogstra, age 88, of Holland, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021, at his home with family by his side.

John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He worked for many years at Holland Public Schools as a school psychologist and also worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice. He was a well-known organist in the community, playing for many churches and choirs for 52 years. He served in the US Army, enjoyed working at Windmill Island in his retirement, and had a love and fascination for trains and pipe organs.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Jacob & Anne (Smith) Hoogstra; father and mother-in-law, Theodore & Christine Hoeksema; and his sister-in-law, Fannie Hoeksema.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hoogstra; son, Eric (Ranae) Hoogstra; grandchildren: Ryan (Emily) Hoogstra, Lindsey Hoogstra; brother, Calvin Hoogstra; siblings-in-law: Paul Hoeksema, Verna (Frank) Kokmeyer; and one great grand child on the way.

A private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Pilgrim Home Cemetery. A public visitation will be held Monday, the night prior, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th Street, Holland. Memorial contributions may be given to Kenya Hope of Hudsonville or Holland Rescue Mission.


Condolence & Memory Journal

John was a good friend and confidant for many years. I valued his wisdom and care for others. We had some good laughs too.
God's peace in the days ahead.

Posted by Jerilynn Tucker - Holland, MI - Friend   September 22, 2021

John and I became friends while he was organist at First UMC and I was the musician at Christ Memorial. We had the opportunity to interact several times and he was always kind and a true gentleman. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Posted by Thomas Folkert - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   September 20, 2021

A favorite teacher at Harrington School. If I remember correctly, Eric was born the same year. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Judy Allen - Holland, MI - Student   September 19, 2021

I remember working with John for many years at Holland Public Schools. He was a kind and caring man. He always listened well with a kind smile. He explained his detailed psychological reports well to parents, making them feel their child was valued and the support that was offered through special education programs. This was so important! He was very good friends with my Uncle Gene Scholten. I remember Mary, too. They made such a loving and caring couple. Prayers for all of his family as they grieve the loss of a wonderful soul. CIndy Yonker

Posted by Cinda Yonker - MUSKEGON, MI - Coworker   September 19, 2021

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Chuck and Marlene Dreyer - Zeeland, MI - Friend   September 18, 2021

It was a blessing to know you and be your friend. We will miss you. All the best for Mary. Rest well my friend. Piet

Posted by Pieter Kersseboom - Holland, MI - Friend   September 18, 2021

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