Viv (Voorhorst) Hoogland of Zeeland died Thursday after an illness. She was 86.
An ardent admirer of wind, waves and birds, she was a locally renowned lover of the joys of life through kite flying, ice skating, solving puzzles, being at the beach, rooting for Tigers, Wolverines and Zeeland Dux football, teaching her kids and grandkids, saying yes to all of life's possibilities, and answering life's questions in her treasured Compton's encyclopedias.
She taught in the public schools, played in the Holland American Legion band, taught and led Zeeland Dutch Dance, established a reading group for seniors living at Royal Park Place, sang in the church choir, and helped represent the City of Zeeland as the wife of longtime Zeeland Mayor Les Hoogland.
Born on Feb. 3, 1931 in Overisel, she was the third child of Julia (Schipper) and Francis Voorhorst. She graduated from Holland High School, attended Hope College and graduated from Eastern Michigan University.
She married Les Hoogland in 1957.
Viv was known by friends and family for her considerable athletic gifts, amazing balance, and the ability to hit a baseball. She had every athletic gift except speed. In 1976 she was selected for a charity softball game in Holland starring Al Kaline. Viv was on first base. Kaline smashed a drive to the gap. He gained on her so fast that he gracefully picked her up by the armpits at third base and delivered her to home plate. Two runs scored.
Viv is survived by her husband, Les; children Todd (and wife Beth), Julie (and husband Tim Taylor), Gregg (and wife Kim), Jane (and husband Ken Jipping); 10 grandchildren, and niece Judie Dorgelo. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mythelle Kleis, brother, Maynard Voorhorst, and a nephew, Jim Kleis.
The family will receive family and friends at Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland, MI 49464, on Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
The funeral is 11 a.m. Monday at Second Reformed Church in Zeeland, 225 E Central Ave., Zeeland MI 49464
In memory of Viv, please consider making a donation to the Zeeland Education Foundation or Second Reformed Church.