Joanne Hamm was born January 7, 1936 to Anna Hamm and Henry Hamm in Cincinnati, Ohio. The union between Anna and Henry brought forth four children; Joanne was fourth of nine children born to her mother Anna. Joanne found Christ at an early age and accepted Him as her personal savior. She was baptized in the Ohio River. She was a faithful member at Southern Baptist Church (Pastor James E. Milton), and later New Prospect Baptist Church (Pastor Damon Lynch III). She loved the Lord and let her light shine for others to see Him in her daily. She was “mom” to many children and young adults in the Peace & Serenity gospel group. She was dedicated and never tired of transporting and supporting the group, spreading the word of God across the city of Cincinnati, and beyond.
Joanne was a natural nurturer. Even as a pre-teen she was a caregiver for her older and younger siblings. She attended Withrow High School and started working as soon as she was old enough to be employed. She was the backbone of her birth family, and always opened her doors to her siblings and their children.
Joanne married the love of her life Stephen H. Summerow Sr. at the age of 18. From that union four strong girls were born. They all still reside in Cincinnati, OH and faithfully cared for their mother until the very moment of her transition to Glory. Joanne was very proud of her girls! She was the most amazing mother and wife. Joanne also fell in-love with her husband’s children. Her Love children affectionately called her “Momma Joanne”. Joanne was a magnificent cook and managed her household in perfection providing an expertly prepared, well-balanced tasty meal for her family (and whomever stopped by) every day without fail. Joanne exceeded her goal to never allow her children to experience lack. As a house-wife, Joanne worked part-time jobs periodically while her kids were young, but her priority was always her children. She stayed at home with her children until start of Kindergarten, spending the pre-school years lovingly teaching, preparing for academia and teaching them to love the Lord, to be kind, considerate, and honest. Joanne was an extraordinary accountant and mathematician; with her husband’s wages she would stretch a dollar so far that her naive children thought they were rich! Following the passing of her beloved husband she left Cincinnati Public Schools to work for the Christ Hospital. She retired after 15 years of dedicated service.
Clearly, Joanne graciously accepted the gifts God gave her to humbly serve others. She regularly helped others by offering meals, shelter, money, and honest advice to enrich their lives. Joanne was certainly a God-fearing woman of integrity, who lived the principles of a Christian. You would not find her speaking about her generosity, or sacrifice, but everyone who encountered her gifts would leave feeling blessed. She had a tender and magnetic spirit that caused people to love her. Joanne was a gorgeous lady, a fashionista, often complimented for her style and she absolutely loved the color RED!!
Joanne was preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, her aunts and uncles, her brother Henry Hamm Jr, her brother, protector and best friend Robert D. Hamm, her sister Gloria Hamm, brothers Phillippe Wynne & Michael Walker, her daughters in love Maxine "Tina” Summerow & Florita Feagan, and her grandchild in love Joanna Summerow.
Joanne leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Gloria Summerow Mack, Commissioner Stephanie Summerow Dumas, Jacqueline Summerow Kelly (James), and Joanne Summerow Freeman (Terry); her beloved grandchildren Stephen G. Mack Sr. (Deia), Serrica D. Mack, Serrita J. Henley (Marcus), Ronald Alexander Dumas, Anthony M. Watson Jr. (Quetta), Julian M. Watson Sr., Jordan M. Watson, Jared V. Ward (Ashli), Jalen M. Townsend Sr., Jamie Summerow Kelly and 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Alexander, Annie Walker and brother Gregory Roberts; brother and sister-in-law Otis and Rose Andrews; her Love children Stephen H. Summerow Jr., and Connie Summerow; Love grands, Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Summerow, Danziel Summerow, Marvell Summerow and 7 great-grand Love’s; A host of nephews, nieces and special friends.
Our mom was a dedicated, loyal, triumphant, resilient, resourceful, intelligent, kind, loving, caring and beautiful woman. There will never be another woman like her!
Mama we will miss you with every day that passes and every breath we take. Mama was an Extraordinary and Phenomenal woman! Until we embrace again on the other side, WE LOVE YOU MAMA!