JoAnn Yeoman Bonwell passed away quietly at her home with her daughters and granddaughter by her side, on January 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Florida. She was born in Chicago, IL, on October, 27, 1929, to proud Irish American parents being the last of four children.
JoAnn graduated from Holy Child High School and at the age of 18 married Roy R. Yeoman, Jr. from the prominent family of jewelers in Waukegan, IL. They moved to North Miami Beach, in 1956 and became active in the local Catholic Community. JoAnn worked for years as a hair stylist at Richards and Burdines Department Stores in North Miami Beach. During that time the Yeomans enjoyed the Florida Keys at the family vacation property on Long Key. The Yeomans hosted many dinner parties where freshly caught fish and lobster were the favorite family dishes.
JoAnn was known for her good sense of humor, popular neighborhood parties, and faithful friendships. She extended her network of friends to North Carolina, where the family summer home in Deep Gap, NC, became a popular gathering place for those she loved. After being widowed for several years she married long-time friend and neighbor Miner “Bill” Bonwell. They had 9 years together before she found herself a widow again. She saw much of the world in her travels, loved playing Bridge and card games, and was a long term patron of the Cocoa Beach Playhouse and a member of the “Catholic Counsel of Women.” JoAnn was renowned for hosting St. Patrick’s Day dinner parties where she served her signature Corned Beef and Cabbage and Irish Coffee.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Anna Mae, first husband, Roy Yeoman, Jr, siblings Alice, Joseph “Buddy”, Ruth, stepson Allen, and her 2nd husband Miner Bonwell. She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Waitman), Roy III, Patricia (Steve), Danny, and stepson William, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be observed on February 3, 2020, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Melbourne Florida. Following church services, JoAnn will be interned at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and in remembrance, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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