A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, until the service. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Steubenville, Ohio.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cleveland Institute of Music Development Office, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106; or to the Wausau Conservatory of Music Barbara Lattimer Voice Studio, 404 Seymour St., Wausau, WI 54403.
Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Kampenga was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Elkridge, Md., a daughter of the late Sara (Turner) and Joel H. Phelps. She was raised in Weirton, W.V. The family moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where she graduated from high school June 13, 1934.
She attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College until 1936, transferring to the Cleveland Institute of Music from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1939. She later received a Master of Music degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., in 1961.
After post-graduate studies at Cleveland Institute, she became a member of the opera division of the Tanglewood Music Festival School in Lenox, MA, in 1940, 1941 and 1944.
In 1941, she was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air and in June of that year a finalist in the National Federation of Music contest. In the same year she won the Luccioni Opera Award.
She sang in radio broadcasts in Cleveland and Chicago, where she was a featured soloist on the Carnation Contented Hour with Percy Faith.
Mrs. Kampenga filled solo engagements with the Cleveland, Ohio; Chautauqua, N.Y.; Wheeling, W.V.; and Stevens Point symphony orchestras, and sang opera in Cleveland; Toledo, Ohio; Chautauqua; and Montreal (Canada).
She filled oratorio engagements in New York City and Albany, N.Y.; Worcester, Mass.; Lindsborg, Kan.; and Cleveland, Ohio. During her singing career, Mrs. Kampenga was a soloist in churches and synagogues in the East and Midwest.
During World War II, she sang extensively with the U.S.O. (United Services Organization) and the American Theater Wing.
Her teaching career included positions at the Bronx House Music School, New York, N.Y.; the Cleveland Institute of Music; MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill; Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; UWSP; and the Wausau Conservatory of Music.
Her marriage to Paul Gerson of New York City ended in divorce in 1957.
She was married to Nelis R. Kampenga, retired librarian and archivist of UWSP May 19, 1985. He died Feb. 5, 2004.
Survivors include one daughter, Sara Gerson (Dennis) Klawitter, Wausau; one sister, Virginia Phelps Clancy, Raleigh, N.C.; four nieces; and five nephews.
She was also was preceded in death by one brother, Joel H. Phelps Jr.; and one sister, Dorothy Gull.