Kristel Heinz-Ciullo

April 27, 1954October 30, 2018

Kristel Heinz-Ciullo, age 64, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 30, 2018. She was born on April 27, 1954 in Grand Rapids, MI, to the late Herbert and Joyce (Dryer) Heinz. Kristel is survived by her husband of 21 years, Valentino Ciullo; three step-sons, Cameron (Van), Scott (Sharon), and Marc (Dawn); two granddaughters, Maisie and Kendra Ciullo; Sister-in-Law, Barbara Ciullo; Brother-in-Law, Robert Ciullo; Aunts, Inge Hoppe, and Dianne (Frank) Gorman; Uncle, Kurt Heinz; and many cousins and friends who will miss her dearly.Kristel spent many years as an educator, having taught as an adjunct Professor in several colleges and many years as an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Aquinas College. She loved her job and brought her life experiences to bear on her classroom lessons. She was a valued mentor to students and alumni’s alike and celebrated their success. Kristel founded the Business & Accounting League which aimed to help students prepare for future careers. Kristel and Val loved travelling and enjoying the finer things in life. They travelled extensively throughout Europe and also visited China, Greece, and Aruba.They have especially fond memories of their time in Italy.Kristel was a lifelong member of North Park Presbyterian Church and actively served as a Deacon and Elder, as well as other committees. A Memorial Service for Kristel will take place at North Park Presbyterian Church, 500 N. Park St. Grand Rapids, on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00am with visitation an hour prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the church.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kristel Heinz-Ciullo

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Julie Dave

November 7, 2018

To Val and the whole family,

So sorry to hear about Kristel's passing. I didn't know her well, but she always seemed like a bright light shining to me. Hugs especially to Paula, Brad, and Jeff.

Jan Grimm

November 4, 2018

My condolences to Val and the entire family! Kristel was my favorite instructor at Aquinas where she was very respected. Her experience, wisdom and insight was inspirational and I always felt a special connection with her. When she married Val, whom I worked for at one point, it was one of those "small world" experiences for me. I am so very sorry for your loss ... she was a wonderful person and taken far too young. Prayers for comfort and peace to Val and the family.

Paula Garver

November 3, 2018

As cousins, most of my fond memories are from our younger years when we spent so much time together. Since our mother’s were close sister’s, we were always together at holidays, visiting family and many other adventures. Then there were the amazing summers at Port Sheldon beaching it, water skiing, horse back riding, picking blueberries and sodas in Holland. We even went to Camp Newago together. I still think about drinking my first tea with your grandma and grandpa Heinz at their house with lots of cream and sugar. A little German tradition I had never experienced before an of course there were visits to their restaurant, the Bierstube.
You were always the smart one and very artistic. We were competitive in sports but I am not sure I ever beat you in tennis. As children we enjoyed the carefree years together.