It is with sadness we say goodbye to Jo Hamm (Jahnke).
Mother of son Michael; grandchildren Sam, Jake, Jewel and family; and daughter Robin (Alan); grandchildren Sean, Samantha and family. Eldest daughter of Katherine and Arthur Jahnke, big sister to Charles Jahnke (Darlene) and family, Krista Routledge (George) and family, and Marti Gramlich and family.
“She was such a beautiful baby, always cuddly and smiling!”
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, moving to Canada when she was a small girl, travel was in her blood. She lived in Scotland when her children were young, fell in love with the people, and made lifelong friends.
Jo loved life and had a great sense of humour. She was fun-loving and had a zest for life.
Being raised on the prairie farm, she was a hard worker. There was always much to do and good work ethic was learned. In future years, she was the heart and soul of the family business, cultivating client relationships that lasted a lifetime.
As the personal taxi for her children’s many sporting activities, she was their biggest cheerleader. She and her family spent many hours playing on or in the water, which they lived near all her life; Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Idaho’s Priest River, and La Paz, Mexico.
Winter in Canada was filled with snowmobiling, and being avid downhill skiers, time on the slopes in many resorts was cherished family time.
Music was a huge part of Jo’s upbringing. She was a gifted and talented piano player creating honky-tonk of many a tune. Her alto voice was a great addition to Sweet Adeline’s Chorus and singing harmony with her sisters every opportunity they were together.
She was baptized in the Sea of Cortez by her cherished friend and pastor from Sylvan Lake in the 1990s.
With her son by her side she left this earth, knowing she is at peace and we will meet again.
We will miss you, “Miss Josie.”
A Private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolences located at the bottom of this page.
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Jo Hamm (Jahnke) entrusted to the care of