JoAnn Hamstra

  • Born: February 28, 1932
  • Died: November 19, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

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


Condolence & Memory Journal

Good memories and thanks be to God for such a great soul.

Posted by Dennis B Wilcox - Friend   November 26, 2020

My deepest sympathies to all of Joann's loved ones. I remember Joann through her son Steve's family and also learned she is the sister of Nonie, and sister-in-law of Goldie both of whom I know from Royal Park. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Cindy Nyhoff

Posted by Cindy Nyhoff - ZEELAND, MI   November 23, 2020

So sorry to learn of JoAnn's passing. Sincere sympathy to all the family. May God give peace and strength during this difficult time.

Posted by Ruth Klungle - Holland, MI - Family   November 21, 2020

Sorry to hear about aunt Jo's passing. Also sorry I can't be there to express my sympathy in person. I read her obit and was surprised to see that your parents were blessed with such a large family. Safe travels to those coming in for the memorial. Hope we can see you all soon.

Posted by Jerry Hamstra - Fruitport, MI - Family   November 20, 2020

Sincere sympathy to all of JoAnn's family. I have many fond memories of her and Cal over the years at Home Furnace, or working one day a week at their office on Lincoln Ave. Enjoyed a cup of coffee with her when she was at the Atruim and Medilodge. Both Cal and JoAnn were very special to me

Posted by Hazel Kiekintveld - Holland, MI - Friend   November 20, 2020

Sending our love and prayers. So, so sorry for your loss. May God hold you in His hand as you grieve the loss.

Posted by Cindy and Tom Knisely - Dover, PA - Family Friend   November 19, 2020

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