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 


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Service Information

 Julia Grace Vanden Toorn
Visitation: Wednesday, June 21, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm at Bethany United Reformed Church, 5401 Byron Center Ave. SW
Service: 2:30 PM Thursday, June 22, at Bethany United Reformed Church, 5401 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 

Memorials: Alpha Care Center, PO Box 183, Lowell, MI 49331

Julia Grace Vanden Toorn, age 19, was received into her heavenly home on Friday, June 16, 2023.  Julia was born to Jon and Andrea Vanden Toorn on March 29, 2004. She was home-educated and a gifted pianist and talented photographer. She had an affinity for the beautiful: beautiful music and beautiful scenery. Hardworking and diligent, Julia shined in 4-H showing her sheep and chickens. Julia joyfully served at home, bringing laughter daily, and every goodbye was with an “I love you”. At family gatherings, she was often seen watching over, holding, and caring for her little cousins as such actions were natural to her. She professed her faith in Jesus Christ when she was 15 and used her gifts to humbly serve Him with a sparkle and joy, living out her nickname-Jewels. We had our hopes and dreams with and in Julia, yet the Lord took her to Himself according to His perfect plan; because He loves her more than any of us could. “I am His” was Julia’s Facebook cover photo and a favorite book of Julia’s was “Stepping Heavenward” that she read numerous times. Leaving her earthly calling here below leaves much joy in memories and intense grief in our hearts, yet we all look up, by faith. Julia was preceded in death by her grandfather, Tom Vanden Toorn and brother Austin. Julia is survived by her parents, close brothers, Danny and Jimmy Vanden Toorn; her sisters, Kalei (William) Heikoop, Elisabeth (Jim) Crosby, and Nicole Vanden Toorn; four nephews and one niece, Luke, Clayton, Abilenbe, Aaron, Austin Jr.; Grandparents- Wilma Vanden Toorn (Moerdyk), Mark and Chris DeJonge (Schut), 15 sets of aunts and uncles; and 75 plus cousins. Family and friends are invited to Bethany United Reformed Church, 5401 Byron Center Ave., SW, Wyoming, MI for visitation on Wednesday, June 21, from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm, and on Thursday, June 22, from 1:30-2:15 pm. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 pm Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Bethany U.R.C.; with Rev. Mitchell Dick, Officiating. Burial will take place that morning with a private gathering of immediate family at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers or other memorial gifts, the family desires donations to be made in memory of Julia to the Alpha Care Center, PO Box 183, Lowell, MI 49331. Please note Julia Vanden Toorn's name on the check. Or online at 


1095 68TH ST SE
# Lori Ensign 2023-06-22 16:17
I was just thinking of Wilma a few days ago for some reason and now I ran across this
I am so so sorry for your loss.Prayers
# Dave Meekhof 2023-06-22 02:40
We are praying for your family and the Sporte family as they were so close. What a beautiful but short life. Her obituary is a witness to her faith.
# Ron & Joy Wolbers 2023-06-22 01:52
We are neighbors ( Next to Kastanek 's) we are so very sorry for this loss of your beautiful daughter, Julia! Please accept our deepest sympathy and we pray God will guide you during this time of sorrow!
# Friends from Bank 2023-06-21 15:54
We are so sorry to hear about Julia's passing. She always had a great smile and laugh. She was a very hard worker. God only takes the best.
# Kathy and Bob Knott 2023-06-21 02:51
Jon and Andrea our hearts break for you and your family! Her place was ready for her in her heavenly home, but she will leave such an empty place here. May you feel God’s loving arms upholding you and giving you comfort and peace as you go through this difficult valley. We will be praying for you all.
# Bridget Ferranti 2023-06-21 01:48
My deepest condolences to the family !! I had the pleasure of knowing Julia . She absolutely was such a beautiful young lady , inside and out. So hard to believe! Prayers of strength for the entire family.
# Lori J VerMerris 2023-06-20 19:30
I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know her and I don't know how she passed, but she is the Lord's and with HIM she will reside forever more. Praying for comfort for your family and friends.
# Rachel DeVries 2023-06-20 17:49
Thinking and praying for y'all in this trying time. May the Lord be close to you guys. Love from Rachel DeVries and family (Andy and Sonya)
# Annie Kloosterman 2023-06-20 16:24
So sorry for your loss! She will be greatly missed, but we know we will meet her again someday. Praying for you all.

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