Johannes "John" Sarmoen peacefully passed away on July 2, 2018.
John was born in Suriname to Nassir and Sarina Sarmoen. He met his wife, Deanna, at nineteen when she was home from the Netherlands visiting her a parents in Suriname. In the Netherlands he continued his education and worked as a draftsman and inspector. John and Deanna welcomed 6 children, five of whom survived, before emigrating to the United States. He worked a variety of jobs before landing at a civil engineering firm working as a draftsman and site inspector. He was an expert photographer, self-taught in calligraphy, was a black belt in Karate, a lover of food and blessed his family with innumerable delicious meals. He loved country music and math. He spoke several languages. They raised their children and supported all five in earning and completing college degrees. His wife and children remember him as a hardworking and devoted father and husband, always putting his family's needs first. He is deeply loved by his wife and children and will be greatly missed.
He is proceeded in death by his son Armancio , his parents Nassir and Sarina, and his siblings, Alma and Eddie. He leaves behind his wife, Deanna, their children Rogelio, Tatiana, Melina, Ludmilla, and Sergio, their respective spouses Danielle, Chase, Asher and Lisa, his grandchildren Noah, Isabelle, Zachary, Serena, Jordyn, Layla, Cayden, Jameson, Millie, and Holland, his siblings Ina, Loes, Dolf, Elvis, Willem, and Henry, and nieces and nephews and steadfast friends Marie Fanfan and Vanessa Fanfan Sloas.
Please contact any of his children for an address to share your condolences with the family.
A gathering for relatives and friends will be held on Saturday August 18, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Horizon Funeral & Cremation Services, 4650 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064. A Memorial Service to celebrate John's life will begin at 3:00 p.m.
We will always love him. He had the kindest sweetest personality. He loved his family like none other.
When my mother, Marie Fanfan, and I, Vanessa, moved to Coral Springs in 1985, we could never imagine that one day we would find such great friends who became an extended family of ours. My mother worked in the medical field with Deanna and they became friends. Deanna invited my mom to meet her husband, Johannes Sarmoen, one Sunday afternoon. He was very friendly and immediately welcomed my mother in his home. My mother and I attended a local church, where I quickly became friends with a group of children from Holland. My mother did not initially know that my new found friends were the children of Deanna and Johannes(John). During the course of getting to know Deanna at work, my mother soon made the connection that I was friends with their children.
Throughout the years, John was supportive of my extracurricular activities. He would pick me up from dance and theatre classes when my mother was at work. He would take pictures of me during various childhood milestones. He treated me as one of his children. One of my fondest memories of Johannes, was when he would accommodate my particular eating habits with continuously trying various cuisine that was to my liking. He became a father figure in my life when my father moved to the northern part of Florida.
We would all spend holidays together and he would radiate with glee for our time together during birthdays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. He really loved the holiday season and enjoyed baking and cooking delicious meals on the day before Thanksgiving and other holidays. When my mom was ill with a cold, he would bring her soup and tea on a daily basis until she felt better. Johannes was also an advisor for my mom when she took on projects. Furthermore, he was helpful, nice, and friendly to his neighbors.
His kids went away for college, but I attended school locally. When he suddenly became sick, it was a sad moment in my life to see such a strong man fighting to recover. During the time, he was unable to drive, and I would bring him to karate classes and run errands. Watching him recover was a good feeling. We would go grocery shopping together, he would bake desserts for me, and make his signature Bami dish.
When he became wheelchair bound, my mother and I would continue to make weekly visits to see him. He became very comical with a joke in hand for me such as “Hey good looking. Who’s your boyfriend now?” or “ I’m living like a millionaire” During my mom’s visits he would speak French with her. My mother and him would have conversations about his grandchildren’s birthdays. He would always follow up to know how my husband was doing. He was a math whiz and challenge us with problems only he could solve in seconds and laugh when we blurted out the answer. Other times, he would remain quiet, follow our conversation, and would interject with a funny one-liner.
We will miss the lovely times we enjoyed together. We will miss the smile on his face when taking photographs or listening to country music. We will cherish all the pictures that he made crafting a lifetime of great memories. He was loved by all of us. We have 30 years of a special bond with the Sarmoen Family.
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