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

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


Empie Christine

Service Information
Chris Empie

Visitation: None 
Memorial Service: Saturday, February 3, at 2 PM, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1250 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49546

Zoom ID: 832 9071 3475  Passcode: 123150 

Memorials: American Cancer Society, PO Box 10069, Detroit, MI 48210

Chris Empie, age 73, of Caledonia, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Chris was a devoted mother, grandmother (mema), and great grandmother, and also had many adopted kids who called her Mema or Miss Chris. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Melissa and Angela; her sisters, Marjorie, Jean, Willa, and Doris; and her brothers, Barney, Frank, Alvin, Junior, Doug, and Jim. Chris is survived by Jack Empie; her children, Tess and Dann Cairns, Mark Haveman, Jackie "Tootie" and Robb Gipe; grandchildren, Alysa and Martin, Lyndi, Jenna and Rex, Madison, Deanna and Chris, Austin and Breanna, Jacob and Kelsey, Joshua and Ronie, Tucker; great grandchildren, Abigail, Olivia, Paul, Patrick, Hadley, Junior, with one more on the way; brothers, Charlie and Tom; as well as many nieces and nephews. As Chris requested, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, at 2 PM at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1250 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49546.  Zoom ID: 832 9071 3475, Passcode: 123150.  She will be missed by many. 


1095 68TH ST SE
# Racheal Peterson 2024-01-22 20:56
Meme was always so welcoming for me!! I remember as a young kid she would always make sure she had a hug and kiss for me! Snacks and treats too! She always had the memories to tell! She would tell you what you didn’t want to hear but never would judge you for anything either! No matter what she was there!! I will miss you dearly meme! You deserve to be free of pain! Love you !! RIP
# Trisha Faber 2024-01-22 01:07
Mema came into my life when I was just a kid. To me I was just a niece to her son in law but she welcomed me in her arms as one of her own. Big hugs and kisses everytime you saw her. Her smile would light up a room. You always knew you would get a tell it like it is opinion and a big hug and kiss no matter the circumstances. Her hugs were one of a kind, she always held on a little longer than you knew you needed. She was a warrior beating cancer not just once but multiple times. Still opening her heart and home to more love even after unimaginable losses. No matter the time passed between visits she always had a big smile and pulled you into her arms. To me she will always be Mema and will forever hold a special place in my heart. She will be a constant reminder that memories last a life time and you don’t have to be blood to be family. You are a beautiful warrior. Rest in peace Mema until we see you again. ♡
# Matthew Scott 2024-01-21 02:31
Thank you for so many wonderful memories and making my childhood a bit brighter, give hugs to your loved ones and Grandma and Grandpa Scott. Fly Free!
# Mike Yankovich 2024-01-20 23:45
I will miss her laughter hugs and smile, along with her no nonsense advice she was always happy to offer.
So glad I was able to see her at Austin & Breannas wedding.
Love you all ❤️
# Christina VanKeuren 2024-01-20 23:19
I’ll miss you Aunt Chris, as will do many others. You were one of the warmest people I’ve ever known. Until we meet again. ❤️
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