Karl Edwin VanderLaan

08/24/1934   —   05/06/2021

Memorial Contributions

VanderLaan Prize

Opera Grand Rapids’

Collegiate Vocal Competition

 Opera Grand Rapids

1320 E. Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49503



Grand Rapids Symphony

General Fund at



The Guestbook
  • Kim Sorrelle

    So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father in law, and friend. His kind and generous spirit will live in through the beautiful legacy of his family.

  • Darlene Vanderlaan

    Karl welcomed me to the family with open arms. He always had a story to share and was such fun to be around. He will be missed!

  • Deborah Carr and Deborah Grayson.

    Our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. We are sending our prayers and love for this difficult time.
    A donation to the Opera Grand Rapids will be sent for Karl.
    Our hearts are with you and your family at this time.

  • Susan Gould

    I am so sorry! I have nothing but fond memories of his kindness, supportiveness, and passion for music, education, and family. Your loss is great. May his memory always be a blessing.

  • Tom Bandyk

    A special person. It was my pleasure to know Karl. I will miss you at all the art events. Tom

  • Sheryl VanderLaan DeSanto

    Dear Aunt Jean and family, my heart breaks for all of you at this difficult time. My uncle was a wonderful man who loved and cherished his family. I have so many fond memories of our family together at the holidays . The 4 brothers together interacting as siblings was fun to watch and be a part of . They are now back together and I’m sure already teasing each other . I have you all in my thoughts and prayers . Love you

  • Richard & Patricia Stahl

    While not spending a great amount of time with Carl, as a brother-in-law to Ronald his younger brother, we came to know Carl a a kind and understanding person. HIs love of family both immediate and outside made him a very likable person and one that we were very happy and proud to be able to call a friend. Carl could walk into a room and seemed to know everyone and with his pleasant smile and outgoing manner, was immediately your friend. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Jean and the families of their children and grand children. Carl will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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