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


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Service Information

Rev. John Jay Vander Stel
Visitation: Friday, February 11, from 10 - 12 noon at Stroo Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 12 noon
Service: 12 noon on Friday, February 11, at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE

Cemetery: Pine Hill 
Memorials: Beacon Hill Foundation, 1919 Boston St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Rev. John Jay Vander Stel, age 90, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on February 1. Rev. John was one of ten children born to Bert and Mabel Vander Stel of Grand Rapids. He attended Grand Rapids Christian High and served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War before marrying his wife, Mildred, in 1954. Rev. John graduated from Michigan State University and Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and was ordained as a pastor in 1969. During his ministry, he pastored at Tippecanoe Community Church in Indiana, Curtis Baptist Church in the U.P., New Hope Chapel in Fremont and enjoyed filling in at various churches. Pastor John loved preaching, fishing, dogs, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, spending time in their trailer at the Chapel in the Pines and eating out. Pastor John will be lovingly remembered by his four children, John Vander Stel Jr., Shirley (Charles) Wasoski, Dr. Lynda Mae (Kurt) and Phyllis (Scott) DeVos: grandchildren, Jennifer Kamps, Matthew (Danielle) Wasoski, Tyler and Baylee DeVos; great grandchildren, Shawn, Lucy, Cole and Quentin Kamps and Jaxton Wasoski; sisters, Marge (Fred) Corson, June Stutzman; brother, Maynard (Arva); sisters-in-law, Polly Vander Stel and Connie Vander Stel as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Vander Stel; granddaughter, Amanda Vander Stel; great grandson, Connor Kamps; sisters, Marion (Lee) Landis, Coral (Jim) Sluiter, and Dorothy Hulst; brothers, Robert, Louis and Norman Vander Stel; and brother-in-law, Rex Stutsman. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, February 11, from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 and celebrate Pastor John's life at 12:00pm with a luncheon immediately following. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all of the Beacon Hill Nursing Staff who took such wonderful care of Pastor John and for being such a huge blessing to him, and them, during his time there. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beacon Hill Foundation, 1919 Boston St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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# Amy Bootsma 2022-02-13 04:30
Dear Lynda, John, Shirley, and Phyllis- the service for your Dad was very nice! I am so grateful you all were able to see and feel such wonderful blessings, love and peace from him in his final years.
Love Amy and Bob (Landis) Bootsma
# Bonnie Glasier 2022-02-09 23:32
I'm sorry I could not attend the funeral for Uncle John. Know that I am thinking of all of John and Millie's kids, and spouses at this trying time. My thoughts and prayers are for you cousins Johnny, Shirley, Linda and Phyllis! Love, your cousin, Bonnie Corson Glasier Orlando Florida
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