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Elroi M. Serunjogi

December 15, 1986 - November 17, 2018

Burial Date: November 23, 2018

A funeral service will be held at 1 O’clock on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Trinity Temple SDA Church, 1615 East G Avenue, Parchment, MI 49004. The family will receive friends beginning at 12 O’clock, one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock.

Age 31, went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2018. Elroi was born December 15, 1986 in Eldoret, Kenya and moved to the U.S. as a small child. He was the second child of Daniel and Priscilla Serunjogi. In May of 1987, he and his sister and mother came to the United States to join his dad who was a student at Andrews University. A few days after arrival he was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia which made his life complicated. At the age of four, Elroi had a stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side.  This left him wheelchair bound, and continued to be cared for by Bronson Hospital Pediatric Hematology specialists, and later by West Michigan Cancer Center.  Though Elroi’s life was so complicated, he always wore a smile. Elroi attended Sorter Elementary School in Benton Harbor, Michigan; Berrien Springs Middle School in Berrien Springs, MI and graduated from Niles Southside High School in 2012.   He lived with his parents in Berrien Springs until 2015 and then he moved to Kalamazoo to live in an Adult Foster Home, after his parents accepted a missionary call to Ethiopia.  Since 2015, Elroi’s sister Ethel was his main caregiver and guardian. Elroi had been a member of Trinity Temple Church where he was baptized.  Elroi’s health condition had been stable until these last couple months. He was seriously ill and admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at Bronson Hospital on November 7.  It was a very challenging time for Elroi and the whole family.  On November 17, he passed away, in the presence of  his parents and sister who had been by his bedside day and night. We thank God for the 31 years of his life.  He brightened every one’s life with his contagious smile.  We can’t wait to see him in the world made new – not in a wheel chair, but jumping and singing with joy. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving parents, Daniel and Priscilla (Mugerwa) Serunjogi; six siblings, Ethel, Daniel, Stephen, Mary, Jonathan and Devin Serunjogi; two grandmothers, Anna Semakula and Emma Mugerwa; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in passing by two grandfathers, Ephraim Semakula and Gershom Mugerwa.