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.