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Paul James Larabel

Paul James Larabel, age 34 of Grand Rapids, was called to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus, on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Michael; his paternal and maternal grandparents, Peg and Tom Larabel, and Mel and Betsy Kimball. He will be dearly missed by the love of his life, Tina (Shumard) Larabel; his children, Margaret Mae and Isaac Michael Larabel, Braden James (Shumard) Dalm; his parents, Mike and Pat Larabel; his parents-in-law, Todd and Debbie Shumard; his brother, Nick and Shelly Larabel; his sister, Marie and Bob Griffin; his sisters-in-law, Denise (Jeff Alent) and Julie Shumard; his niece, Olivia; and nephews, Ian and Ben Larabel, Tyler Larabel, Jacob Griffin; great nephew, Odin Larabel; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Paul attended St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary School, Catholic Central High School and Grand Valley State University. Paul loved sports and played varsity basketball and football for the Catholic Central Cougars. He was an avid golfer and loved being outdoors. Paul was an intelligent, quiet man who loved to explore the stars and the earthly landscape. He never stopped pursuing knowledge and loved to problem solve and challenge his faith to explore the written word of God. He loved to help others and, as he wished, was a Gift of Life donor. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 11, at 11:00 a.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth SE, Grand Rapids, with Fr. Troy Nevins and Fr. John Vallier presiding. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, and one hour prior to Mass at church. A Vigil Service will be held 7:30 p.m on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers. The Becker Family

    - Shelly Becker
  2. Pat and Mike,
    I’m very sorry for the loss of your son Paul.
    May our loving Lord hold you and your family extra close in His arms.

    - Jeanne Michel
  3. I was saddened to read of this news. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    - Joe Stapf
  4. So sorry for your loss!! Praying for the entire family!

    - Sarah Hunt
  5. So sorry for your loss.will be in our prayers. Joe ands marge lebednick

    - Joe lebednickk
  6. We are saddened by the news of the loss of your son, Paul. May God be with all of you during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    - Mary and Doug Redick
  7. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this heartbreaking time. May God bless and guide you through your sadness.

    - Dan and Jane Linscott
  8. Pat My heart goes out to you. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers Hugs Jean

    - jean szubisnki
  9. Lifting you and your family up in prayer. May God comfort each of you during this time of loss.

    - DeAnna Clark
  10. Mike and Pat,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray our Lord is with you and your family during this time of need. You are all in my thoughts. God Bless!

    - Linda Wojtaszek
  11. I am so sorry for your loss, I am thinking and praying for you!

    Tarah Kline
    (Child Care Licensing)

    - Tarah Kline
  12. Mike, Pat and Family, I am so sad to hear of your Paul’s passing. May you who comfort so many feel God’s Love and Comfort, especially in this coming time. Sending love, hugs and prayers.

    - Kathy M Nawrot
  13. I am so sorry for the loss of your Son – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

    Sherry Henk

    - Sherry Henk
  14. Dear Pat and Mike,
    Praying for God’s comfort for you all in this most difficult time. So sorry for your loss, and may you find peace in knowing you’re in our thoughts and prayers .

    - Chris LaRue
  15. Mike, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all


    - Jon Ichesco
  16. Dear Pat and Mike, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    - Karen Taber Rodriguez
  17. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    - Brittany Small (Berens)
  18. Mike and Pat,
    We are very sorry for the loss of your son Paul. May God’s love and the love of your family & friends comfort you during this difficult time. We are lifting you up in prayer.
    Denny and Dee McLeod

    - Denny and Dee McLeod
  19. Mike, Pat and Tina,
    I am deeply sorry for the sudden loss of Paul. May God’s healing Grace be your comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Ann Butler

    - Ann (Steffes) Butler
  20. My condolences to the entire Larabel family in the passing of Paul. I am so saddened to hear of the loss of a childhood neighbor and friend. You all will be in my prayers.

    - Marina Jeurink (Marina Lakos)
  21. Tina and family – we are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our most sincere and deepest condolences.
    Sincerely – Kristy & Ed and Mackle family

    - Kristy & Ed Mackle and family
  22. We grieve with you over the passing of Paul. Our prayers surround you. May you be comforted with God’s peace.

    - Bill & Heidi Smitley
  23. Dear Mike & Pat and family and friends of Paul Larabel,
    You have our heartfelt sympathy and prayers always. Eternal rest grant onto Paul O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May Paul rest in the peace of Your Arms for all eternity.
    God’s Love and ours.
    Ray & Joan SKIBA

    - Ray
  24. My sincere condolences to the family. May you take comfort in God’s promise of a time to come when all sorrow and even death will be no more (Revelation 21:4,5). And may you find the strength and peace of mind God can provide as you lean on him to carry you through this difficult time. -Philippians 4:6,7.

    - DF

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