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Joan (Kantusky) Bonner

November 17, 1942 ~ July 17, 2021 (age 78)


Joan (Kantusky) Bonner passed away peacefully at Sunrise Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Middletown on July 17th, 2021.

Joan was born at home on November 17th, 1942, in East Keansburg section of Middletown. She was a graduate of Middletown High School Class of 1961.

Joan was married to her husband Dennis in June 1962 and made their home in Keansburg. She resided in Keansburg until Hurricane Sandy destroyed the home in 2012.

Joan was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Chester Kantusky, her devoted husband Dennis in 2005, her loving sister Doris Jervis, her loving brothers Richard Smith, Robert (Ticky) Smith, and George Smith and her loving Goddaughter, Kim Mack.  Joan is survived by her brother-in-law Anthony J Jr. (Butch) and sisters-in-law Ginny of Georgia, and Elizabeth (Betty) Thompson of Keansburg and her loving cousins and nieces and nephews.

Never having children of her own, Joan loved all children especially her great nieces and nephews.  The Godchildren of Joan and Denny were very dear to their hearts, especially Dean Foulks, Kathleen Kasten, Noele Carhart, Cecilia Smith, and Katy Inacio. Joan especially enjoyed her Sunday outings with her loving niece Cecilia as well as her many outings and adventures with her dear niece and caretaker Barbara Miceli.

Joan was a bus-aid for many years for Keelen’s, Helfrich, and Unlimited Bus Companies.

Joan and Denny loved to go to their camper in the Irish Catskills, especially to enjoy the Irish music of Willie Lynch and Paddy Noonan.  They had a lot of good times and were known to close the bar a time or two!

Joan was a member of St. Ann’s Rosary Altar Society, the Bayshore Senior Center in Keansburg, and the Cullen Senior center in Hazlet. She was also a member of the DBSA and NAMI group.   Joan loved being with her friends whether playing cards or just enjoying each other’s company and she loved having lunch or dinner at Jillaney’s in Keansburg. Joan always fondly recalled fun times spent with her best friend Kitty who recently predeceased her.

Joan’s farewell words as she leaves us are “Aunt Joan will have Tea”.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 5:00PM – 8:00PM, on Tuesday July 20th, at the Scott & Kedz Home for Funeral, 153 Church Street, Belford.  A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church, Keansburg, tentatively set for 10 am Wednesday .  Burial will be Fairview Cemetery in Middletown.  Donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852 or online at

The family would like to thank the Sunrise (Brighton Gardens) staff in Middletown for their compassionate care.  She loved the time that she was there. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joan (Kantusky) Bonner, please visit our floral store.


July 20, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals
153 Church Street
Belford, NJ 07718

Mass of Christian Burial
July 21, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Ann's Church
Carr Ave
Keansburg, NJ 07734


American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, suite 300, Rockville MD 20852

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