Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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John K. Stroo



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Elana Nhu Tran 
Visitation: Saturday from 2 to 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home
Service: Private Family Services will be held on Monday

TRAN - Elana Nhu Tran, aged 18, of Kentwood, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 13, 2017. Elana spent most of her time drawing. She loved art, animation, and had a love for space and the stars. Elana was extremely sweet and loved to joke and be sassy. She was passionate about animals, did everything she could to learn about them and cared for any animal she came across. She will be lovely remembered by her parents, Steven and Holly Tran; sister, Eileen; brother, Ethan; Grandfather, Hoa Tran; Grandmothers, Khanh Ton and Son Le; uncles and aunts, David (Cam), Tony (Kathy), Aaron (Minh), Elaine (Alex), Kevin (Yen), Jasmine, Kayla (Thai), Amy (Tho), Lola (Trang); many cousins and friends. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 2 to 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th Street, SE.


1095 68th Street, SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508 


# Christina Tran 2017-11-23 03:58
I knew her for a short amount of time, but she made a huge impact in my life. A big impact that turned my life upside down. The news hits me and I have no words. But I am grateful that she did impact my life and hope that she's somewhere nice and happy. I pray for her family and friends.
# Marvina Cuellar 2017-11-22 00:02
Praying for you and the family
# Marco A Alcantar 2017-11-20 03:16
Elana was one of the most wonderful and kind people I knew. She was just pure of heart and I never knew her for having Ill intent to any one. The art she drew was as beautiful as her soul one could say and if she was still here I wish I could say this to her. The world will be at great loss with out her here. I hope you rest well where ever you and if you can see know that I’m sorry that I wasn’t always there and I was glad I could call you my friend.
# Emily Artiles 2017-11-18 16:26
There are no words to express what a beautiful soul Elana had. She was my best friend, my role model in life. I will always carry you in my heart and will never forget you no matter what. I know you're in a better place now and I will always pray for your peace and tranquility. I love you so much Elana, God bless you. I will miss you so much. My deepest condolences to Elana's family and friends. Rest in peace baby, I hope to see you again one day...
# Naomi Bays 2017-11-18 02:14
My Condolences to the family of Elana and my prayer are with you’ll always
# Kathy Weber 2017-11-16 20:48
I'm so sorry, She did such wonderful paintings at the nail
place.Prayers for the family during this terrible time.
# Chris Phillips 2017-11-16 20:14
Elana brought Joy everywhere! Her smiles were endless. Her eyes sparkled with her humor and her brilliance. Elana was a cherished student and I looked forward to seeing her everyday of the three years I was fortunate enough to be able to teach her.
For several years, I had a drawing on my refrigerator that Elana had done for me. In her lovely, personalized anime style, her character was reaching out to me, asking me if I needed a hug. Many of her friends were given names by Elana and I was honored to receive the name "Passion Fruit." She had no reason why; she just explained it as being something random. Randomness and spur of the moment ideas we're always Elana's strengths and so often, made me laugh and laugh!
Although her light only was able to shine for a short time, I know that I and many many others will carry her in our hearts forever. We love you, Elana! To her family, thank you for such a wonderful young woman!
# Tara Doll 2017-11-16 20:10
Elana Tran, a name that only ever sparks happiness to those who hear it. She's a person that can be rembered as having a magnetic personality and would just add a glow to any room she walked into. She's left her mark on this planet so much and will never ever be forgotten. To me, I hardly ever got to see her, but every moment I was with her involved a surplus of laughter and the arts. We did a mural together at a school, with her older sister Eileen. More evidence of how she's left her mark on the world. I love how much she mirrored her older sister, whom I became close friends with, but with an Elana twist. They both share a love and passion for people and art that is indescribable. I can't begin to to tell how much a joy it was to have met her. There are no words...
# Dorcus Williams 2017-11-16 19:10
There no words that can I can express ti say how deeply sad I am hearing of the loss of Elena. Mia and her were great friends. Elana was truly a light that shined so bright. She had a beautiful smile and I loved watching her and Mia interact. So many laughs and hugs. May God bless you all during this time. May GOD shower you all with love. We are here if you need anything.

Love, Dorcus, Mia and J.C.
# Adrienne DeMilner 2017-11-16 01:22
Elana was a breath of fresh air - someone who was always smiling and making everyone around her feel relaxed and happy. I never saw her without a smile on her face. She was a welcome participant in Art Club and a motivator and supporter of others. I was so very sad to hear the news of her passing and know that she will be missed by many.
# Alex Tran 2017-11-15 19:41
We will miss you coming to sleep over night, going to the mall, and taking long vacation with our family.
# Kelly Gomez 2017-11-15 14:10
I am so sorry for your loss Eileen and your whole family. You will all be in my prayers.
# Cam Huynh 2017-11-15 03:33
Chuc con ra di thanh than va yen binh nhe!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
# Andy Bui 2017-11-14 20:32
You were one of those people that others could only be happy in your presence. I will always remember you, as I'm certain many others will. As Eileen has told us, and as it will now be something I wont forget, you are worth so much more than life has given you. We love you, Elana, and we hope to see you again some day.

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