Joline Edith Antoine

Joline Edith Antoine

August 02, 1942 ~ July 08, 2020

Obituary for Joline “Jeanie” Edith Antoine (nee: Wonder)

Born August 2, 1942, in Roaring Springs, PA, Jeanie didn’t just stroll through life. She looked for opportunities for growth, fun and adventure with every step, and did it all her way! The only thing she couldn’t overcome was the lung cancer. She gave up that struggle on July 8, 2020.
In 1949, her family moved to Daytona Beach, FL, where she attended St. Paul’s Grammar and Mainland High Schools before marrying and raising two sons.
With her boys grown, and single again, Jeanie entered the nursing program at Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State). She began her RN career as an oncology nurse, eventually being one of the first nurses at Halifax Regional Oncology Center in 1981. A few years later, she felt a call to join the Peace Corps and served as a nurse in Grenada from April 1986 to July 1988. That’s where she met the love of her life, Francis Antoine. Before returning to Florida, she spent three months in Guatemala studying Spanish.
In 1989, Jeanie began studies at the University of Florida for her B.A. in Ed. She graduated in 1992, and taught at the Gainesville High School for two years.
In the meantime, she joined Francis in England in June of 1991. They married in Yorkshire, North East England on July 31 of that year, then backpacked for two weeks, travelling throughout the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg) and staying at Pensionats.
They lived in Gainesville for several years. Jeanie left teaching in 1995 to join the Children’s Medical Services of the Florida Department of Health. In 2002, they moved to Lakeland and Jeanie transferred to CMS there, where she remained until her retirement in 2013.
Then she permanently joined Francis in Grenada to continue development of the business they co-founded in 2009, Antoine De Beauregard Enterprises. She was actively involved in the production of the Woodman beverage. Whenever she traveled throughout Grenada and people asked about the Woodman, she would say, “We make it.” This usually caused locals to look at this foreign-appearing person questioningly. “Isn’t the Woodman a Grenadian product?” Jeanie would simply answer, “Yes, and we make it.”

Some of Jeanie’s favorite things included:
Family holidays or special occasion get-togethers,
Preparing employee Christmas, birthday, or Grenadian national holiday celebrations,
Playing Pinochle with her brother and sister, especially when she won,
Visiting with friends, and trying different foods at exquisitely unique restaurants,
Surprising Francis with some new and different recipe,
Watching cooking shows, Home & Garden, Shark Tank, and the parades—Macy’s New Year’s Day and Tournament of Roses.
She was a member of Grenada’s Association of Retired People, and actively participated in their activities, including soup delivery to the home bound and needy.
Jeanie returned to Florida annually, to spend time with family, but her heart and plan was to spend the rest of her life in Grenada. Cancer changed that plan when she came to Florida for medical treatment in January. She was a wonderful patient, accepting her condition and circumstances with no complaints. She died peacefully in the home of her sister.
Loving survivors include her husband, Francis Antoine; sons Patrick Jarvis, Orlando, and Eric Jarvis (Cathy), Lakeland; nephew, Shevon Antoine, Lakeland; sister, Joyce Senatro (Sam), Port Orange; brother, Marvin Wonder (June), Ormond Beach; many nieces and nephews who dearly loved Aunt Jeanie; and special friends, many who were co-workers over the years.
She will be forever in our hearts.
For those wanting to contribute a memorial, please consider a donation to Cancer Research, SPCA, Halifax Hospice, or any charity of your choice.


I. Woodson

July 13, 2020, 4:53 pm

My condolences to the entire Antoine and Wonder family. May her soul rest in perfect peace

Mary Palmer - sister-in-law

July 13, 2020, 5:32 pm

My deepest condolences concerning this disheartening news. Prayers and Sympathy to the entire family who remain always in my thoughts and prayers.
My love always, Mary

Theseus - Neighbor Greenz

July 13, 2020, 9:13 pm

My condolences from our family to yours. We are here for you neighbor and please let me know if there is anything we can do…. blessup

Paulina Aberdeen-Sealey

July 13, 2020, 11:08 pm

To Francis and family my deepest sympathy may she RIP.

Christopher Senatro - nephew

July 13, 2020, 11:23 pm

I prayed daily for a miracle to allow Aunt Jeanie to enjoy many more happy years with us. God had other plans. I so wish I could have visited with her before she got so sick, and was so sad that she declined so quickly. I am glad she had time with her Florida family at the end and send my condolences to Francis and the rest of her family in Grenada. I know they will miss her terribly. You will always be in my heart Aunt Jeanie. Peace and love.

Doreen Garcia (UK GB) - Friend of Jeanie's sister

July 13, 2020, 11:52 pm

I never met Jeanie and didn’t really know her but knew of her through her sister Joyce and learned of Jeanie’s lust for life and when she joined the Peace Corps. I am shocked to learn of her passing and am so sorry. She will be much missed by so many people whose lives she touched. RIP Jeanie.

Amy Wonder Gray - Niece

July 14, 2020, 1:59 am

I am heartbroken for Francis, Aunt Joyce, and all of the Wonder family. I will really miss Aunt Jeanie and never forget how much she helped me through the years. One of my favorite memories is when I visited Jeanie and Francis in their beautiful Grenada.
Love and peace,

Prisca Gittens-Bubb - Friend

July 14, 2020, 3:50 am

My condolences to Francis on the passing of your wife. May God strengthen you and family and may you all find comfort in the memories you’ve shared.

Anne Janice & Patrice Farray & family - COUSIN

July 14, 2020, 11:02 pm

Dear Francis..extending our sincerest condolences to you, her children and her family. May the love and memories shared carry and support you all during this difficult time. May she sleep in heavenly peace.

Lavonda - Worked with her at CMS

July 15, 2020, 12:45 am

I worked with Jeanie at CMS I was her secretary. She always bought me choclate covered cherries she got from a candy store in Daytona. She will be missed sorry for your loss.

Joyce Senatro - Sister

July 16, 2020, 2:44 pm

My dear sister, it was a joy to be able to share these last six months with you. You were the best patient ever. I expected some resistance, since you had always been quite independent, but you accepted everything that came your way with no complaints. I was broken-hearted for and Francis that he was confined to Grenada and couldn’t be with you. Still, you didn’t complain–only lived for his phone calls each evening. What are Marvin and I going to do now for a third pinochle partner? I am missing you terribly, but would not wish you back. You would pick this crazy time in history to leave us, but you brought an incredible peace to me through it all. You were the baby of the family–the one who was supposed to reach 100+. I guess God had other plans. Thank you for being such a wonderful sister.

Sharon Surrency - CMS co-worker

July 17, 2020, 10:13 pm

Remembering Jeannie is such a joy! She was deeply engaged in teh lives of her CMS family and of the CMS kids she cared for. We are forever better for your kindness in sharing her with us. Prayers for all the family as you grieve her loss.

Lee Anne Morris (aka: Viar) - Friend and co-worker at CMS in Lakeland, Fl

August 1, 2020, 3:03 am

It seems so natural that I find myself sitting down today, thinking of Jeanie. We discovered early on that our birth DAYS were not far apart. Between July 30th and August 2nd we would often exchange emails.

I met Jeanie while we both worked at CMS in Lakeland, FL., Jeanie and I enjoyed eating out at lunch during the work week, became friends (how could one not, with such a kind, interesting, enthusiastic, positive, accepting, and fun loving person?) and were soon enjoying dinners, movies, and various concerts/events, along with another friend/coworker, Lois.

We continued our friendship after we all had retired from CMS. During the years, I was fortunate to meet several members of Jeanie’s family, all as remarkable, kind, and enjoyable as Jeanie! My thoughts will be with you all, in the days/years to come when her absence in your lives feels particularly difficult to accept and understand.

Luckily, Jeanie, Lois and I had continued to stay in touch, even after Jeanie and Francis had moved to Grenada, Lois had moved to Gresham, Ore. to be nearer family, and then in August of 2019 after I moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to be nearer to my remaining family. After the first of this year when I heard from Jeanie regarding her diagnosis, we exchanged emails, and, we were able to have a wonderfully candid phone conversation, 4-6 weeks before her death. True to her WONDERful nature and outlook on life, she had a plan, expressed gratitude for her life, adventures, and opportunities, but most especially for her family.

Because she and I found we shared a similar opinion of what may await us at the end of our lives, I would want her know, that if she chose to embrace her final journey, as she embraced life, all will be well, dear friend!

Lisa Aquino-Chapman - CMS - Gainesville

August 22, 2020, 2:25 am

Jeanie was a mentor to me in my early days of being a nurse at CMS. I will remember her fondly and I regretted when she moved to Lakeland. Her smile and calm demeanor will be missed. Cocoa, her pet rabbit and family member, will also be missed. Rest easy, my friend.

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