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 



Service Information

Andrew Gelder

Visitation: Tuesday, April 9, from 5 - 8 pm at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 7171 Willard Ave. SE, and on Wednesday, April 10 from 10 - 10:45 am prior to the service beginning at 11 am at Covenant CRC
Service: 11 am Wednesday, April 10, at Covenant CRC, 7171 Willard Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Cemetery: Blain 
Memorials: Byron Center Christian Schools, 8840 Byron Center Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

The service will be live-streamed at


Andrew Gelder, age 88, of Kentwood, joined the heavenly choir on Thursday, April 4, 2024, where he met his Lord and Savior and was reunited with his family who went on before. Andy was born April 1, 1936, in Beaverdam, Michigan, the youngest of nine children born to Andrew and Martha (Ludema) Gelder. While serving in the US Navy, Andy married the love of his life, Madelon (Oosterhouse). Together they were blessed with eight children. Andy worked as a plumber for all of his working life and owned and operated Andy Gelder Plumbing & Heating. He enjoyed using his talents in mission work in many countries around the world. Andy loved his family deeply and was a very social person. He considered himself blessed by his legacy of a large and loving family including his wife of 67 years, Madelon; children, Kenneth Gelder and fiancée, Jan Passmore, Cynthia Andela and fiancé, Jim Jordan, Yvonne (Ken) Hogenes, Dawn (Neil) DeKievit, Marla (Randy) Bliss, Paula (Steve) DenHartigh, Gretchen (Wayne) Peters, Melodee (Dirk) Pikaart; 29 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Rev. Jacob Heerema, Edward William (Corry) Oosterhouse; sister-in-law, Ina Oosterhouse. Andy was preceded in death by all eight of his siblings, and his daughter-in-law, Jan Gelder. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday, April 9, from 5 - 8 pm at Covenant Christian Reformed Church; 7171 Willard Ave. SE, and Wednesday, April 10, from 10 - 10:45 am prior to the funeral service beginning at 11 am, with his nephew, Rev. Alvern Gelder and his pastor, Rev. Jeff Vanderhooft officiating. The service will be live-streamed at Interment will be in Blain Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Byron Center Christian Schools.

1095 68TH ST SE
# Bob Grevenstuk 2024-04-09 01:57
Our sympathy to the family in your loss. We have known Andy from way back. He did some plumbing for us but we especially got to know him and Madelon when their kids attended Byron Center Christian school along with our kids. We always thought they were a special couple and feel blessed to have known them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bob & Nancy Grevenstuk
# Arnold and Shirley S 2024-04-09 01:14
We praise God with you for the 67 years of service in His Kingdom together.
The separation of such oneness is painful but thankful you and Andy have eternal life.
It seems ages ago that you and i were in a class at Calvin together.
Our sympathy to you and your family
.Sincerely, Arnie and Shirley Snoeyiink.
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