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JoAnn Hamstra

Obituary for JoAnn Hamstra

February 28, 1932 - November 19, 2020
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 88


JoAnn Hamstra, 88, of Zeeland, passed peacefully into the presence of her Savior on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Medilodge of Holland.

JoAnn was born in Holland, MI on February 28, 1932 to John and Marie Sternberg. She and Calvin Hamstra enjoyed 56 years of marriage, spending many years travelling by motorcoach.

JoAnn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was known for her wonderful cooking, elaborate hand-made Christmas ornaments and spoiling her grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed by all those who survive, including her children: Sandra Hamstra of Harrisburg, Pa., Pamela and Joel Leeson of Middletown, Del., Barbara and Ashok Thanki of New Hope, Pa., and Stephen and Anne Hamstra of Zeeland; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Winona Rietman, and Judith & Tom Reagan. In-laws: Goldie Sternberg; Joyce, Isla and Dorothy Hamstra; Sandy Prins; and Elfriede Sternberg.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband Calvin Hamstra; daughter-in-law Melinda Hamstra; brothers Ted & Paul Sternberg; sisters Madelyn Gutknecht & Nancy Brown; in-laws Gerald, Milton, Glenn & Ted Hamstra; Chester & Annabelle Prins and Don Rietman.

A private service at Zeeland Cemetery is planned for family. The family expresses their sincere appreciation of the care and love given to Mom by both the Medilodge and Hospice staff. You're a blessing! Memorials may be made to Hospice of Holland. The family is being served by Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St. Zeeland. If you would like to leave a message for the family please visit

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Zeeland, MI 49464
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