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JoAnn Bridges Sturmer

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 9, 2018 @ 1:43 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 20 Comments

JoAnn Bridges Sturmer died on March 8th from a cerebral hemorrhage at the Hock Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was 84 years old.

JoAnn was born on March 11, 1933 in Lakeland, a small agricultural community in southern Georgia.  Her father, James Luther Bridges, was a county agent who advised farmers on livestock and crops; her mother, Ann Celeste Hadden, was a teacher.

Although small in stature, JoAnn was an outstanding high school basketball player. Her specialty was a left-handed hook shot.   She once scored 33 points in a single game. She was an accomplished musician, playing the clarinet and the piano which she practiced over 90 minutes a day.

She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and chose to continue her education by enrolling in the Medical College of Georgia where she was one of only two women studying for a medical degree in 1954.  On August 26, 1956, she married a fellow classmate, Frederick C. Sturmer. In 1958, she moved to Pennsylvania where her husband completed his internship and surgical residency.

In 1963, at the invitation of her mother-in-law, LeVerne Boyd Sturmer, she and her children moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  She worked as a claims agent for Blue Cross Blue Shield where she had the distinction of finding a claims error not recognized by a single other claim agent in the United States.  In her leisure time, she enjoyed travel, bridge, gardening and tennis.  After her retirement, she relocated to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she was an active member of the Chapel Hill Tennis Club and a devoted babysitter to her grand-daughters.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Stacy (John) Nordquist and Leslie Amerson; her son, Jeb (Gretchen) Sturmer; her sister, Jerilyn Young; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Her parents, James Luther Bridges and Ann Hadden Bridges, predeceased her.

JoAnn was a hard-working employee, an attentive daughter, a loving mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for the dignity with which she faced adversity and her loyalty to her family. Her family would like to thank those who provided for her care at the Carolina Reserve, the Hock Pavilion and sends special thanks to Sonja Tucker and her staff at A Plus Quality Healthcare.

A Celebration of Life in honor of JoAnn will be held on April 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.

Memorial gifts may be made in JoAnn’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://alz.org/

Condolences for the family of “JoAnn Bridges Sturmer”

Condolence from Kathy Wilson on March 9th, 2018 4:18 pm

So deeply sorry Stacy and all family members to hear of your mom’s passing. She sounds like an amazing, very loving lady that always put others needs before her own. Love and prayers for all who knew her.

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:15 pm

Thank you so much, Kathy! Your support means alot.

Condolence from Ruth Wittenstein Musicante on March 9th, 2018 6:31 pm

Sending my condolences to my dear childhood friend, Stacy, and her siblings and family at this difficult time. May your mother rest in peace and may you all be comforted by memories from happier times.

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:15 pm

Thank you, Ruth. You knew her when she was much younger than we are now!

Condolence from Stan & Mary vonGrabill on March 9th, 2018 8:30 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of sweet little JoAnn absolutly a lovable kind human being. Inside the gates of heaven she soon will be holding Gods hand being welcomed home. ” Jo Jo ” will soon be happy & healthy again and keeping a loving eye on all her family again !
Love Stan & Mary vonGrabill
South Hill Va

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:16 pm

Thank you for kind and poetic words.

Condolence from Stanton s. Vongrabill 111 on March 9th, 2018 8:41 pm

My prayers go out to you a your surving family for your loss! Please except my heart felt condolence!sincerely,Stanton s. Vongrabill 111. God bless

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:16 pm

Thank you so much, Vonny.

Condolence from Corey Sturmer on March 9th, 2018 10:07 pm

This is a beautiful testimonial to JoJo and I would just like to say I deeply appreciated her sense of humor and persistent straight shooting. I have many fond memories of JoJo going back as far as I can remember. She was an original and won’t be forgotten. So sorry to the rest of the family for this loss, she will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:19 pm

Yes and one of my favorite stories of her from her later years was her telling Charlee “Oh you’re the one that’s got that handsome husband” !

Condolence from Melissa Grcich on March 9th, 2018 11:23 pm

Stacy, Leslie, Jeb- sorry to hear of JoAnn’s passing. Jeb- glad you got back & had time with her..

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 11th, 2018 2:19 pm

Thank you so much.

Condolence from Karel chandler on March 10th, 2018 2:28 pm

All our love to Stacy,Jeb and Leslie
The 3 of you were very faithful and for that I am sure she. was very greatful

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 14th, 2018 11:10 am

Thank you so much, Karel

Condolence from Barbara Repas on March 11th, 2018 7:38 pm

Sending our deepest condolences to all who loved and cherished JoAnn.

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 14th, 2018 11:11 am

Thank you so much, Barbara

Condolence from Franca Gilbert on March 11th, 2018 7:46 pm

Sending my heartfelt condolences to you. Thinking of you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 14th, 2018 11:11 am

It is very much appreciated, Franca.

Condolence from Alexis Evans on March 15th, 2018 8:42 am

My name is Alexis Evans and I worked with JoAnn at Emerald Pond in 2016 before she left the facility. She was full of life and to see her dance was always amazing. She had a great personality and it was never a dull moment with Ms. JoAnn. She will truly be missed and to the family I am so sorry for your loss. And I pray to God that the family finds peace and serenity. Peace and Blessing!

Condolence from Stacy Nordquist on March 16th, 2018 8:00 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your memory of my mother with us.

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