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Jo Ann N. Hammar, 84 years old, passed peacefully on January 21, 2021 at her home in Mesa, Arizona. Jo was born on December 22, 1936 in Bozeman, Montana to Harold and Thelma (Treusdell) Dadd. Jo spent her childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she attended South High School and was a member of the high school choir.
On November 21, 1956, Jo Ann married Kenneth Hammar in St. Clair County, Michigan after only one date! Ken and Jo then moved to Louisiana where Ken served in the United States Army. After the completion of Ken’s service in 1962, he and Jo relocated to Mesa, Arizona where they raised their three sons: Mike, Kenny and Craig.
Jo retired from Motorola in 1996, after 32 years of service. Ken and Jo enjoyed all things outdoors. On a Friday night, they could be found two-steppin’ at the Moose Lodge, if they were not hosting one of their famous Backyard Fish Frys! Jo was most proud of her family. Never meeting a stranger, Ken and Jo “acquired” many dear friends over the years. Jo’s special touch is felt in the hearts of many.
Jo is preceded in death by her husband Ken of 52 years, her mom Thelma and sisters, Virginia and Marilyn. She is survived by her sons, Mike, Kenny and Craig, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and the numerous “adopted” grandchildren that simply called her Grandma Jo, for everyone was welcome at Ken and Jo’s home!
Services will be held for Jo on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband and many friends. Services will be performed by Pastor Steve Tvedt with East Valley Hospice.
The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of the love and support given to Grandma Jo during these last several months. She appreciated every call, text and social media post #fantabulous!