JoAnne Sanders

Obituary of JoAnne Bernarda Maria Sanders

SANDERS, JoAnne “Ma” Bernarda Maria (neė Hendrikx)


Peacefully at home at her beloved farm surrounded by the love of her life and cherished children on Sunday, December 10th, 2023 JoAnne Sanders of Watford. JoAnne will be forever missed by her husband and best friend John. JoAnne was the proud and doting Ma of Lisa and Pete Rombouts and their children Erica, Bradley, Avery and Rachel; Karen and Frank Joris and their children Tyler, Hallie and Logan; Jeff and Gina Sanders and their children Mason, Emmy and Kate; Craig and Toni Sanders and their children Blake and Nathan. JoAnne is predeceased by her parents John (1990) and Johanna (2007) Hendrikx and by her father and mother-in-law Cornelius (2003) and Johanna Sanders (2003).


JoAnne is survived by her siblings Elsa (Harry, 1996) Thuss, Josie (John) De Groot, Archie (Toni) Hendrikx, Anne (Gerald) Sanders, Mary (Bill) Stevens, Louis (Lucy) Hendrikx, Lyle (Mary-Ann) Hendrikx, Jim (Kathy) Hendrikx, Jerry (DKathy) Hendrikx, Judy (Glen) Steeper, Janet Baltessen, and Marge Rutten.


Joanne is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Ed, 2015 (Rita) Sanders, Fr. Piet Sanders, Frank (Jeannie, 2017) Sanders, Bert (Harriett) Sanders, Nellie (Julius) De roo, Gerald (Anne) Sanders, Peter (Gera) Sanders, Betsy (John) Strik, Fran (Harry) Willemse, Leo (Regina) Sanders and August Sanders (1974).


JoAnne was a hardworking homemaker, farmer, loving mother and doting Ma. The hole she will leave can only be filled by the lessons, work ethic and love she leaves behind. JoAnne was a proud member of the Kerwood Optimist Club and spent years supporting Conductive Education helping Children with Cerebral Palsy. JoAnne also was a dedicated member of the Watford Catholic Women’s League. She inspired those around her with her hardworking and get it done attitude.


JoAnne spent many days at the golf course, playing baseball, fishing, and playing cards with friends. JoAnne loved spending time with her grandchildren. Over the years and many visits, they would spend time crafting, baking, watching movies and playing cards. Her family was her pride and joy.


Visitation for JoAnne will be held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, at DENNING’S OF WATFORD from 3:00-8:00p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the East Lambton Community Complex (61 Centennial Ave, Watford, ON N0M 2S0) on Thursday, December 14th at 11:00a.m. A private family interment will follow at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SWONT Conductive Education (Child Cerebral Palsy) (please make cheques payable to the SWONT Conductive Education Trust Fund) would be appreciated by the family as it was dear to JoAnne’s heart. Donations and condolences may be left online at

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