Andy Hulce

Profile Updated: October 16, 2014
Residing In: Holland, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Laura Hulce (Herrmann NHS 1975)
Children: Amanda Michelle, born 1983
Elise Abigail, b.1990
Kelly Joy, b.1991
Occupation: Pharmacist
What are your favorite memories of NHS?

Helm's Angles - the best mathematical sports team in NHS history

Fiddler on the Roof - spring musical 1973

Tennis Team Big Six Co-champions 1973

Playing Ping-Pong during lunch

Niles Light & Power Co. & The Good News Circle

South Pacific - spring musical 1972

High points of your life since high school?

5 years in Ann Arbor,MI. Many Wolverine football victories. BSPharm, U of MI, 1979. Married July,14,1979. Moving back to MI from one of the armpits of America (Joliet, IL)The birth of my 3 daughters and many proud moments with each one.
2014 has been a big year for our family. Laura and I celebrated our 35th anniversary. Amanda, our eldest, changed from a professional student to a teacher of English Literature at Rhodes College. Elise completed a cross-country move to Portland, Oregon where she is now in grad school studying counseling. Kelly Joy graduated this past spring from Grand Valley (GVSU). and married Kyle Tait on August 10. She is now a social worker.

Relocating to Holland, MI in 1987 was also a big highlight for us. Opening a pharmacy and closing the pharmacy were also both highlights. Currently, I'm working as a Pharmacist for Airway Oxygen in Grand Rapids (Wyoming) MI. Laura is a Medical Technologist at Holland Hospital.

How often do you get back to Niles, MI?

Several times a year as my in-laws still live there.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Randy Smith lives in Holland.
Also Tom & Margie (VandeWater) Houseman. It's a sign of a truly great friend when they'll travel from Oklahoma to Michigan for a 50th birthday party.

Did you have any nicknames in school? If so, what were they?

None that stuck.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy golf, though I'm not great at it. Trying to get competitive would spoil my enjoyment of it. I'm passionate about white-water rafting (just wish we had some WW in the midwest) Getting together w/friends & family, Euchre, Pinochle. Ping pong. Hiking. We're active in our church and love it there. I also enjoy a good book and watching Michigan Football (excluding several recent seasons) and Basketball.

If you own your own business, tell us about it and let us know if you have a web-site.

I owned a pharmacy for a few years in Holland, but found other ways to make a living more easily.

Other comments for your classmates:

More on my daughters: Amanda Michelle, 31, born in Charlotte, MI, graduated 2001 Holland HS, continued at Indiana Wesleyan Univ. then Univ.N.Carolina,Charlotte, then on to U.Md. She married Josh Dykema from Zeeland, MI in 2004 and is realizing her dream this fall of being an English professor.
Elise Abigail,25, born in Holland, MI, graduated 2007, Holland HS,Attended Grand Valley State Univ., spent several years staffing a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) DTS (Discipleship Training School) in Muizenberg, South Africa. Also led groups to Calcutta, India where she spent a week in a hospital. (Parents - "can you say powerlessness?") Elise Graduated from Indiana Wesleyan after returning stateside. This past year - she became a barista and began a photography business (google Elise Hulce photo to see how an art student does photography.) Recently she drove across the country to her new home in Portland, Oregon, where she is now in graduate school at Portland State University, seeking a Masters Degree in Counseling.
Kelly Joy (24), also graduated from Holland HS, spent 1 year as an exchange student in Bahia Blanca, Argentina and another in Chile with Youth with a Mission. She speaks Spanish like a native. August 10, 2014 she married Kyle Tait (another male in the family! - see photos)
I thank God for my wife and for each of our kids. We are extremely proud of them.
No grand kids yet, just an aging grand dog, though prospects are improving.

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Happy birthday, Dave. While its been quite awhile - it sure doesn't seem like 40 years could have passed. I'll always remember Algebra & Geometry with Mr.(Dr) Yomtoob. Good times and I think we learned something, too. (Something about camels?) May this be a great year for you.

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Happy birthday, Vicky! Long time no see. I hope all is well for you. I've never been to Montana, though I hear its a beautiful state. Glacier Nat'l has been on my destination list for a long time. At this point I suppose its my "bucket list".

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Hello friends and classmates of NHS '74!

It was great seeing many of you a couple weeks ago at our 40th reunion. FORTY!?! Does it even seem possible? How did we get to be Old? I've heard it said that no matter how old you are - "OLD' is defined as ... at least 10 years older than you are!" While I do think there is a lot of truth in this as a perceptual definition, I still have trouble believing that so many years have passed ... so quickly. I'm reminded of the lyric from the song "Sunrise, Sunset" - so near and dear to all of us that were a part of NHS' spring musical of 1973 - Fiddler on the Roof: "Sunrise, sunset. Sunrise, sunset. Swiftly, fly the years... one season following another... laden with happiness, ...and tears."

For any of you who couldn't, or didn't, make it back for #40, we are all aware of the shocking number of losses our class has sustained, 1st over the years, but especially in the past eight to twelve months or so. One of the highlights from our reunion, I believe, was the remembrance and honor given those classmates who have gone on before us from this life. Especially memorable, were the song written and performed by Jim Lanier (accompanied by Dave Howells on bass guitar) lamenting lost friends and some reflections Mike Southworth was asked to share, on the lives of those gone from us at early ages we didn't thin possible. Both were touching and gave us a lot to think about.

I believe that many, if not most, of those present agreed that one of the best ways we can honor them is to learn from them by considering their lives and the uncertainty of our time here. Now, over two more weeks have passed and I would pose another question... Have we followed up on our intentions to do this? How quickly does the busyness of our age, of our lives, distract us from what we have considered very important, perhaps even central to understanding the meaning of our lives. "Man~ana, there is always tomorrow." But is there? Really? "Life is brief and unpredictable" Mike stated "Not one of us knows what time we have left." And if we really think about it, we may come to realize that not to decide is to decide.

To quote Mike again: "The second part of being reminded that life is brief relates to the whole question of "What comes next?" He shared that while their are likely diverse views among us as to what gives hope to the soul and purpose in this life - that his frame of reference is the Bible and it promises great things await those who believe. I would also like to echo Mike through encouraging and challenging each friend and member of our class - as you consider the brevity of life, shown by classmate early exits and Mike's question of "What comes next? for us - IF you haven't read the Bible, or at least the New Testament, for yourself, I challenge and encourage you to do so. Pick a modern translation that speaks our language now, rather than the English of 500 years ago. If you are interested in doing this, especially if for the first time you really want to know what it says to you personally, but you don't have a Bible of your own and/or maybe you don't know where to get started, I'd like to help. Contact me and I'll see that you get one at no cost to you.

The Bible has often been called "God's love letter to each of us". Why not read for yourself what Jesus had to say about God & Himself, about you and I, about the brevity of life, and about the life to come. I think you will be glad you did. Beware of procrastination! If you haven't taken time to think further about these things over the past couple weeks since the reunion - you probably won't, if you don't act today. So ... contact me today - either by text, email, snail mail or by phone. I will do my best to get a copy to you, for your very own to read, as quickly as I possibly can. And ... if you already have a Bible or easy access to one, I suggest you begin at the gospel of John, one of four 1st-person biographical accounts of Jesus' life. Still, you may not know if there even is a God. If this is you, but you want to know, I invite you to begin with a simple honest prayer; something like: God, IF you're there (and I don't know if you exist) , I ask that you show yourself to me, because I really want to know. Amen." I believe that is a kind of honest prayer that God not only hears, but can't wait to answer. I've known of it happening again and again.

I really enjoyed seeing many of you at our 40th reunion. For those who didn't make it ... I urge you to plan on coming next time. I also want to give a sincere
Thank You to all of you that worked so hard to bring this one together. Well done!

Andy Hulce
1109 Fountain View Circle, unit 3
Holland, MI 49423

Oct 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Happy Birthday, Mike. It appears you have the same one as my maternal grandmother. Though if you think you're old - she was born 126 years ago. No, she hasn't been with us for awhile.

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What a privilege - to escort my beautiful (inside & out) daughter Kelly to her husband to-be.

See picture above for Kyle's reaction when he first saw his bride approaching.
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At Yankee Stadium while visiting sister Ann and husband Bobby Nicholson at their home in Hoboken, NJ
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Daughters Kelly and Elise meet in South Africa after a year apart.
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The Queen of Holland's annual festival.
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I used to enjoy this while catching a game in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, its become increasingly rare. During the off season our Athletic Director proposed celebrating them with fireworks!?! Bad omen!
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Elise' pencil drawing of her sister Amanda..
(I wish I could say she got her talent from me)