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 



Service Information

 Virginia A. Toering
Visitation: Saturday, April 29, from 1:45 to 2:45 PM at Stroo Funeral Home, prior to the service
Service: 3:00 PM at Stroo Funeral Home, Saturday, April 29, 1095 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508

Cemetery: Florida National Cemetery
Memorials: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation,,  26555 Evergreen Rd, Suite 625, Southfield, MI 48076,   Take Steps Walk, Team Bowel Buddies; 25882 Orchard Lake Rd., Suite 102; Farmington Hills, MI 48336, please include "Team Bowel Buddies" or "Nancy Crumback" in the check memo

Virginia A. Toering, (Stroo, Ten Elshof), age 87, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, and is now playing and singing in her heavenly home.  She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence "Ted" Toering; and parents, Abe and Hermina Stroo.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Nancy (Terry) Crumback, Dale (Christy) Ten Elshof, John (Janet) Ten Elshof; Ted's children, Sharon Blickley, Alan (Lisa) Toering, Wayne (Teresa) Toering, Monica Brew; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth VanderWerf; brothers, Dr. William Stroo, Paul (Mari) Stroo; brother-in-law, Roger (Nancy) Ten Elshof, sister-in-law, Jan (Wayne) Weller and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia lived in Michigan until she and Ted made Lake Wales, Florida their home in 1988.  She returned to Byron Center, Michigan in 2017. Virginia was an accomplished musician, playing piano, organ, and clarinet her whole life. She was an incredible accompanist, gave countless children piano lessons, directed the Songbirds Choir at Saddlebag Lake, and continued to play at Byron Center Manor for church services and with Nancy, who entertained there regularly. In 1974, she and Ted married and began the adventure of blending their families. She and Ted ran the Golden Onion Restaurant at Sandy Pines for many years, catered numerous weddings and events, and were always inviting guests home to feed them. In Florida, she worked as a volunteer and CNA at the Lake Wales Hospital, served as a first responder in her resort, and served others through her caring ministry wherever she was.  Virginia knew how to make you feel welcome, and it didn’t take long for a stranger to become a friend. She had a beautiful smile, a fun sense of humor, a caring heart, and a love for the Lord which she shared with everyone.  God’s timing is perfect. He is in control. Great is Thy Faithfulness. A visitation and celebration of her life will be held at the Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, on Saturday, April 29.  Visitation will be from 1:45 to 2:45 PM, with the service following and beginning at 3 PM.  Pastor Dan Kroeze will officiate.  Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Take Steps Walk, Team Bowel Buddies. 

1095 68TH ST SE
# Hope Staal and Eve 2023-05-05 09:59
I remember Mrs. Toering fondly, and was blessed by Nancy’s kindness when I would come for lessons. My sympathies to you all. Praise God for a heavenly choir filled with rejoicing to welcome her home!
# Priscilla Boot 2023-05-04 17:43
I was awed by Mrs Toering when I was a little girl, taking piano lessons. A few years ago, I was delighted to become reacquainted with her when I was part of a musical group bringing an evening of music to Byron Manor. She was wonderful to talk with!
# Abigail Nobel 2023-05-04 15:38
I'm so sorry for your loss.
What good memories of piano lessons with Mrs. Toering! She was a blessing to our family.
# Naomi Chesebro 2023-05-04 14:53
The Lord comfort you, Nancy! I enjoyed your mom's warm friendliness.
# Sue DeWitt 2023-02-25 21:33
Very sorry for your loss Terry and Nancy! Although I never met her, she sounds like an amazing woman, who will be greatly missed!
# Shirley Besteman 2023-02-25 15:30
What a wonderfully talented Mom. I remember meeting her when she came to school to accompany the choir. She was an instant hit with the kids. Praying God will comfort you.
# Carol Zandbergen 2023-02-25 02:05
Loved hearing you and your Mom playing together. Thinking of you Nancy!
# Tom Kaechele 2023-02-24 19:49
Sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.
# Kaaren DeWitt 2023-02-22 20:38
So sorry for your loss! I enjoyed visiting with your Mom the few times I met her. You have been blessed to have such a terrific Mom!
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