Chuck, Joan and Mitch Stemm
From left, Chuck, Joan and Mitch Stemm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2024) – USA Volleyball sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joan Stemm, 86, who died on Jan. 6 in Elkhart, Ind.

Joan was the registrar of the Michiana/Hoosier Region of USA Volleyball for more than 30 years. She worked there alongside her husband of 69 years, Chuck, and their son Mitchell, who died in 2020.

“The Stemm family’s contributions to volleyball not just in the state of Indiana, but across the country are unprecedented,” said current Hoosier Region President and Commissioner Terry Sweasy. “I am where I am today because of the love and support they both have given me over the years.”

Joan and Chuck received the USA Volleyball Karen M. Johnson Human Resources Award in 2003. With Joan’s support, Chuck received the Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, USA Volleyball’s highest honor, in 2008.

Joan Stemm enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting special things for her family. She had a special love for pets, especially dogs. She truly loved spending time with her family and particularly her grandchildren.

Memorials for Joan may be given to Cancer Resources of Elkhart County, 23971 US 33 East, Elkhart, IN 46517 at Online condolences may be made to the Stemm family at

Read Joan’s full obituary at