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 


Grit Jim

Service Information

 James Carl Grit
Visitation: Friday, July 21, 2023, from 1 - 2 PM at Stroo Funeral Home 
Service: 2 PM Friday, July 21, at Stroo Funeral Home  

Memorials: Celeryville Christian School  4200 Broadway Rd, Willard, OH 44890, Spectrum Health Hospice  750 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or Covenant Christian Reformed Church  7171 Willard Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

James Carl Grit, follower of Jesus Christ and committed educator, breathed his last
breath on earth July 9, 2023 at 4.30 am. Concluding a journey that began in
Jamestown, Michigan on September 8, 1935, he fought the good fight, finished the
race, and kept the faith while teaching and administrating 42 years at Celeryville
Christian School in Celeryville, Ohio.

Jim was preceded in death by his faithful teaching partner and wife of 62 years,
Barbara Jane in February 2018, and his parents Cornelius and Frances Grit.
Continuing the race are children Michelle Jane, Jonathan Scott (Renae), and Jamie
Kay (Rod) Alderink; grandchildren Rachel Renae Grit, Julia Jenae Grit, Elijah True
Grit, Allison Jamie (Tyler) Kruis, Mattie Leigh Alderink; great-grandchildren Colson
Stephen Lowisz and Lucy Jane Kruis; and brothers Bill (Joan) Grit, Nelson (Betty)
Grit, and sister Carlene (Gary) Hoeksema.

A visitation and Celebration of life service are planned July 21 (1-2 pm visitation, 2-3
pm Celebration of life service) at Stroo Funeral Home 1095 68 th Street SE, Grand
Rapids, MI 49508. As CS Lewis notes “now at last they were beginning Chapter One
of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which
every chapter is better than the one before.” To God Be The Glory!

Memorial contribution options to consider include Celeryville Christian School,
Spectrum Health Hospice, and Covenant Christian Reformed Church. One other
option, in place of memorial contributions, is to commit to taking a younger person
to lunch and teach them something valuable, and tell them Jim Grit sent you.


1095 68TH ST SE
# Paula Wiers 2023-08-01 13:28
Mikki, Scott and Jamie,
Prayers and comfort to you and your families. Thank you for sharing your father and mother with us for all those years. What a devotion they had to the children of Celeryville! So many childhood memories include the amazing school trips and learning experiences that we had with them both. Until my dad past last year (Paul) his ongoing joke when we were about to take off on an adventure or experience something fun, he would go back to the early AM snow storm calls...."Mr Grit just called, it's cancelled". Now I imagine he's absolutely singing his heart out and enjoying every moment!
# Cheri DeHaan 2023-07-22 00:51
Rod and Jamie and family, hugs and prayers in the loss of a treasured father , forever appreciated and loved and never forgotten, take care
# Tom and Ila Wilson 2023-07-19 00:38
To all Jim’s family, we are sorry for your loss. Jim was a good neighbor. Prayers for all of you. Thanks especially to Mikki, for taking care of your dad during the last difficult months.
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