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Joan Krieger Sinsabaugh
(November 11, 1930- January 5, 2014)

Joan Annabelle Krieger Sinsabaugh passed away at home in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the morning of January 5, 2014, with her loving daughters on her side.
A private memorial in her honor will be held later this spring.
Joan was born in her family’s farm house in Bainbridge, being the fifth child of Nelson and Rose Hasse Krieger. She was an accomplished pianist, nurse, devoted Christian and loving mother. Joan attended a one room school house in Bainbridge then graduated from Watervliet High School in 1948. She was a 1952 graduate of West Suburban School of Nursing, affiliated with Wheaton College.
Joan worked in the nursery at Watervliet Community Hospital and delivery room at Benton Harbor’s
Mercy Hospital.
Surviving Joan are her four daughters, Diane Sinsabaugh (Grand Rapids) , Janice Belanger (Whitmore Lake), Ginger MacDonald (Kunming, China) and Ellen Beek (Boyne City); three grandchildren: David, Zeek and Chloe Beek. Surviving siblings are Addie Zemmer (Mattawan), Dr. Norman Krieger (Milford), and
Joyce Griffin (Watervliet).
Joan was preceded in her death by her husband Richard Sinsabaugh, and her siblings Arlene and Charles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being given to the United Church Outreach Ministry Food Pantry, 1311 Chicago Drive SW, Wyoming, Mi 49509. The family of Joan Sinsabaugh wants to thank the Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids and Covenant Village.
Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joan’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care


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21 Condolences

  1. Maureen Magnuson on January 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Your Mom was a wonderful woman.
    She had an amazing life and was truly blessed with a loving family.
    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Luan Jackson on January 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I remember when I was a student in Grand Rapids, Aunt Joan would come and get me so I could spend a week-end with her and the family away from “dorm food”. I loved her laugh and her zest for living. I can only imagine the joy she is having in heaven with the Lord.

  3. Patrick belanger on January 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Mom I am gonna miss you all those interesting conversation world news politics and coming out and voting for Barak Obama But now I know she I watching over us but it will be a struggle for us quite awhile. Our memories and pictures and video will help all of will alway be in my life.

  4. ginger on January 8, 2014 at 9:29 am

  5. Sue Bush Steigmeyer on January 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The entire Bush family extends its condolences to Diane, Janice, Ginger and Ellen on the loss of your mother. Our parents were very saddened to hear of another loss from the Watervliet Class of ’48. I know that your mom and dad are having quite the reunion in Heaven and looking down on you all. I’m so grateful to have known her as an adult–she was a very sweet woman and I enjoyed her stories!

  6. Joyce Griffin on January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    My loving sister, I will miss you but you are in heaven, our real home now wih no pain and no grief. Her accomplishments were many and even her own family will never know. So very smart and talented. Her quiet prayers were many, always praying for her family and sisters & brothers.

    I love you much, Little sister Joyce

  7. mary krieger on January 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Wonderful picture with her lovely smile. Charles faithfully prayed for all of you. I recall that Joan made such delicious potato salad.
    I trust you will all know the peace and comfort that God gives to fill the void at this time of our lives.
    Philippians 1:3-14
    Mary Krieger

  8. Jan and Gordon Okada on January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    We are praying you through this time of sadness. Praising God your Mom is with Him.

  9. Jerrie Hasse Keyes on January 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I am remembering my lovely cousin Joan tonight.
    She had such a wonderful, happy spirit. I recall
    how much fun I would have as a child playing
    with her and Joyce…I can still remember her giggles.
    My sincere condolences to her family..
    love, jerrie

  10. Amy Perugi on January 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    My deepest sympathies Pat&Jan and family on the death of your mom. May she rest in peace amen.

  11. diane on January 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    BEST mom EVER and my best friend…. I love you Kopel

  12. carol klosowski on January 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

    We wish you condolences. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  13. Jackie Buse on January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Sending prayers for Peace and Comfort during this difficult time of loss. Jan, your Mom was such an accomplished woman. I can see why you are the woman you are today.

  14. Mark and Susan Pierson on January 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  15. Laura Dickens on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you for raising such wonderful daughters who bring so much love into the world thanks to you. Your legacy will live on for many years…love, the Dickens Family

  16. Laura Eisbrenner on January 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

    So sorry to hear about your mom. I haven’t met a lot of people in my life I can truly say are unique but she was one of them. My love to Joyce and all the “girls”.

  17. Russ and Elaine Carlson on January 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Our love, sympathy, and prayers go to each of you girls.

  18. Denise on January 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    To my roommate Jan and her family, I wish you my deepest sympathies. What a beautiful site to commemorate the life of your dearest mother. Jan, the poem your niece wrote, made me both laugh and cry. Big hugs to you.

  19. Delores Fairley Clark on January 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I was a classmate of Joan’s at
    West Suburban. I will always
    remember her artistry on the
    piano, her wit, and engaging
    smile. My heartfelt sympathy.

  20. Kelley Daley on January 18, 2014 at 6:01 am

    To all the lovely Sinsabaugh sisters. Your mother was a beautiful lady, and is reflected in each of you in a special way.

  21. jeff macdonald on January 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

    simply the best mom in law a guy could hope for. you left your mark on all our hearts mom.

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