Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

Monuments & Markers

We are representatives for Black Monument Company.  Our staff can assist you with an appropriate memorial for your loved one, or you can go directly to:

Black Monument Company
2223 Kalamazoo Ave. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 452-7802


Eastern Floral & Gift
(616) 949-2200 or toll-free (800) 494-2202

Ludema’s Floral
(616) 452-2961

Sunnyslope Floral
(616) 457-5531 or toll-free (800) 765-9229

Holwerda Floral and Gifts
(616) 878-9696

Wyoming Stuyvesant Floral
(616) 532-2315


Holiday Inn Express Suites South
6569 Clay Ave. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(800) 875-6000

Comfort Suites South
7644 Caterpillar Ct. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 301-2255

Hampton Inn Grand Rapids South
755 54th St. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49509
(616) 261-5500

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Wyoming
2150 Metro Lane SW; Wyoming, MI 49519
(616) 724-1234

Baymont Inn and Suites / Byron Center
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW; Byron Center, MI 49315 
(616) 583-9535


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Service Information

 Gerard W. "Jerry" Van Zalen
Visitation: Tuesday, May 24, prior to the service at the church from 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Service: 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, at Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church, 610 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, 49548

Cemetery: Pine Hill
Memorials: Spectrum Health Hospice  750 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Gerard W. "Jerry" Van Zalen, age 94, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022. He was born to John and Mary Van Zalen on December 11, 1927.  They lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where Jerry continued to reside for all his life, remembering when 28th St. was a dirt road.  Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  As a lifelong member, of Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church, he was baptized with his parents and holds the record for being the longest living member. Jerry was happily married to his first wife, Lorraine, for 43 years until her untimely passing in 1993.  Jerry married Marie (Feenstra) Van Zalen in 1996.  He was a man of strong convictions and principles.  He cherished his family and adored spending time with them.  He had a love for life and laughed often.  Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping, travel and good old western movies.  Jerry is lovingly remembered by his wife of 26 years, Marie; his children, Larry Van Zalen, Ronald (Deb) Van Zalen, Sherrie (Jim) Shaddox, Rick (Faith) Van Zalen, Bob (Roxanne) Van Zalen; his stepdaughter, Cindy (Rick) Scheltema; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his brother, Tom (Elaine) Van Zalen; his sister-in-law, Marion Van Zalen; several nieces and nephews; many loving extended family and friends.   A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, at Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church, 610 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49548, with a one-hour visitation prior to the service from 10:30 - 11:30 AM.  Rev. Martin Benckhuysen will officiate. Interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

1095 68TH ST SE
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