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 

Monuments & Markers

We are representatives for Black Monument Company.  Our staff can assist you with an appropriate memorial for your loved one, or you can go directly to:

Black Monument Company
2223 Kalamazoo Ave. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 452-7802


Eastern Floral & Gift
(616) 949-2200 or toll-free (800) 494-2202

Ludema’s Floral
(616) 452-2961

Sunnyslope Floral
(616) 457-5531 or toll-free (800) 765-9229

Holwerda Floral and Gifts
(616) 878-9696

Wyoming Stuyvesant Floral
(616) 532-2315


Holiday Inn Express Suites South
6569 Clay Ave. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(800) 875-6000

Comfort Suites South
7644 Caterpillar Ct. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 301-2255

Hampton Inn Grand Rapids South
755 54th St. SW; Grand Rapids, MI 49509
(616) 261-5500

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Wyoming
2150 Metro Lane SW; Wyoming, MI 49519
(616) 724-1234

Baymont Inn and Suites / Byron Center
8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW; Byron Center, MI 49315 
(616) 583-9535


VanVugt Esther

Service Information

Esther Mae Van Vugt
Service: Private family services will be held
Cemetery: Blain  

Esther Mae Van Vugt was born to Peter and Anna Ver Hoeven on August 29, 1928 in Strasburg, North Dakota. She entered her heavenly home on May 25, 2020. She was married to her husband, Gerrit, for 56 years until his death in 2002. Their children include Char Farwell, Peter and Diane Van Vugt, Alva and Rev. Audred Spriensma. As well as her parents and her husband, Esther was preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony and Gene Ver Hoeven; son-in-law, Laurel Farwell; and granddaughter, Danielle Farwell. In addition to her children, Esther is survived by 10 grandchildren and their spouses, as well as 33 great grandchildren; her brother, Maurice; sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews; countless dear friends and fellow church members. After farming in North Dakota for almost 20 years, Esther and Gerrit served as missionaries in Nigeria, Africa for seven years. They later settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Esther worked at Pine Rest Hospital for 23 years. For several years, they opened their home to families who brought loved ones to stay at Pine Rest. She will be lovingly remembered as a woman who loved her Savior and her family, one who lived and shared her faith. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours: and their works do follow them." (Rev. 4:13). Due to current health restrictions, private family services will be held. Interment in Blain Cemetery.

1095 68TH ST SE


# Linda Wilson 2020-06-02 20:57
I was so pleased to visit with Esther at the Nieuwsma family reunion in 2013. She shared many stories. It was so nice that she and Irene Westra were both reunited at that reunion as they are now in heaven.
My sympathy to the family.

Linda (Hietbrink) Wilson, granddaughter of Nettie (Nieuwsma) Hietbrink--sist er of Esther's mother Annie
# Sylvia Roos Ryan 2020-06-02 20:23
She will be remembered as a loving aunt who hosted us often as children, always had a smile and gracious speech, What an example of Jesus' love! Thank you Lord Jesus, for giving her to us, her family & friends!
# dot.lyzenga 2020-06-02 15:57
I can still remember the day Gerrit came to our door, checking out the neighborhood before buying their house. It was such a joy to have your family next door for so many years, and after Gerrit died to enjoy more fellowship with Esther- going out to eat together or just visit. They were very special people. You have my sympathy in the death of Esther now. She will be missed. Whenever I visited her she would show me a picture of each member of your family. She loved you all so very much!!
# Jack and Norma Stand 2020-05-27 01:29
Sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Esther So many good memories of both of them We extend our sincere sympathy

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