Sisters Marion Dykstra ’61 and Carol Overzet are friends of Trinity who give not only of their finances, but also of their time and talent. Born six years apart, the sisters have been faithful financial supporters of Trinity for many decades. But they have also served the College in other ways.
Marion began supporting Trinity in the ’70s by serving on the Women’s Guild for several years. In 1981, she was surprised to find herself honored as alumna of the year. In 2009, Marion served on the Jubilation! committee, and she currently meets with Ruth DeBruyn, development coordinator, to discuss possible trips to add to the SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity) program.
Beginning in 2007 and continuing for two years, Carol volunteered her time to personally thank those who had donated through the Trinity phone programs. For the past year, Carol has filled in as the switchboard operator when one of the College’s regular operators is not available. Said Carol, “I love the Lord, and I love to work for his kingdom, whether that means helping out here or another place that is Christ-centered. I’ve found the people that work at Trinity love the Lord; it’s a good place to work.”
Where did these ladies acquire their passion for Christian causes? Both of them credit their parents, who taught them to give of their time and finances. The Overzet family lived in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago for many years. The parents worked hard to provide for the family, support the church and other Christian organizations, and send their children to Christian schools. Charles Overzet, Marion and Carol’s father, worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as an internal mailman in downtown Chicago. The girls’ mother began working at Haverkamp’s Bakery as soon as Carol entered Kindergarten. She later worked for the Chicago Board of Education in the lunchrooms of several different city schools until her retirement.
Their father attended the first meeting to discuss organizing a Christian college in the Chicagoland area. When Marion was of college age, her father encouraged her to attend the fledgling Trinity Christian College, which was a two-year institution at the time. Marion was one of the 35 students who enrolled at Trinity during its first year. She and two other students from Englewood picked up three fellow classmates in Evergreen Park before heading to the campus to meet with their five professors. “We were like family,” said Marion. “It was a unique experience.”
After college, Marion taught school in Michigan before returning to the Chicagoland area to teach at Southwest Chicago Christian School. She met and married Rich Dykstra on April 5, 1969. For many years, both of them poured their energy into Dykstra Graphics, the business that Rich started in their basement. Marion also volunteered in many ways for the church and school. Together they raised two children, Brent and Joy, and they now enjoy their three grandchildren. Marion and Rich currently live in Palos Heights. She keeps busy by leading her church’s Evening Coffee Break, working in her yard here and in Michigan, and both she and her husband enjoy traveling.
As an adult, Carol worked for 35 years at First National Bank of Evergreen Park. When the bank was sold, she spent a year volunteering at Palos Community Hospital and Christ Hospital (now Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center) and caring for her mother before beginning a job at Standard Bank, where she worked for four years. After having corrective hand surgery and breaking her other wrist just two weeks later, resulting in a total of eight surgeries, Carol was no longer able to work. She fills her time with volunteer work. Carol is also very involved in her church, Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn, where she has served as a deacon and now helps with the GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) program.
These faithful sisters continue the legacy of hard work and Christian service begun by their parents. Trinity Christian College stands as a grateful beneficiary of this family tradition.