Middleburgh – Hans Armas Lindstrom found eternal peace on Monday, December 28, 2020.
Hans was born in Helsinki, Finland on May 23, 1941 to Irja (Oulesverta) and Helge Lindstrom. He embodied the Finnish concept of sisu; meaning resilience, bravery, perseverance and fortitude. Surviving and enduring many of life’s battles, Hans’ spirit never lost its light, its strength or passion for living. He cherished his family and friends and was steadfast as a wonderful husband, Dad, PopPop and role model.
In addition to loving his family, Hans enjoyed indulging his myriad passions. An avid cyclist, he twice completed Long Island’s High Point 100. More recently, he relished exploring and relaxing in his beloved Schoharie Valley. Hans could frequently be spotted hitting the links or chasing the next big catch in the Schoharie Creek. No rock, branch, or slope could deter him from leading a friend or family member to a newly discovered waterfall or fishing hole. For Hans, the natural world was a thing of awe and inspiration to be shared with those we love. His warm heart, loving smile, silly sense of humor, and desire for adventure will be held close by family and friends. Hans will also be remembered for his strong faith as a communicant at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4475.
Besides his parents, Hans was predeceased by his twin sister Marita and his brother Richard.
Hans married his high school sweetheart, Helen (Smith) Lindstrom on November 17, 1963. Their deep and abiding love sustained their marriage for 57 years. In recent years, Helen embodied sisu as she bravely loved and cared for Hans as his health declined. With Helen, Hans raised four loving children who he frequently referred to as his proudest accomplishments. They are: Robert (Jennifer) Lindstrom of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jon (Jenny) Lindstrom of Maplewood, New Jersey, Kimberly (Daniel) Grennan of Glen Cove, New York, and Matthew (Caron) Lindstrom of Rochester, New York. Helen and Hans’ devoted and loving relationship served as a model for the families their children would create. Those families include eight admiring grandchildren who loved their PopPop for his fun-loving and playful personality; Samantha Lindstrom, Jack and Nate Lindstrom, Owen, Kendall and Chase Grennan, and Tessa and August Lindstrom. Hans also leaves behind his sister-in-law Kay Lindstrom and his nephews Kevin, Ted, Tim, and Todd.
A celebration of Hans’ life will be held sometime in the coming year, when it is safe for all to join together. Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC of Middleburgh is honored to be caring for Hans and his family and invites you to visit www.coltrainfuneralhome.com to share online condolences with his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Eddy Alzheimers Association c/o Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, 421 W. Columbia St., Bldg. 300, Cohoes, New York 12047
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