Juanita Antoine was born on March 27, 1910 to the proud parents of Dr.Felix Carpentier Antoine and Louise Bennett Antoine, RN. in Philadelphia, PA. (Her brother, Tamlin preceded her in death)
She attended public schools in Philadelphia and went on to receive her B.S. Degree at the Hampton Institute. She worked at the Langley Air force Base in Hampton, VA. She then migrated to Cleveland, OH to work at (NASA) National Aeronautics and Space Administration as a computer programmer. She retired in 1972.
Juanita has been a resident of Parma, OH for over 45 yrs. She was a faithful servant of her beloved St. Bridget Church. Her dedicated services include: being a member for 40yrs of the Third Order of St. Francis with the Blessed Giles Fraternity; Former president of St. Bridget’s Legion of Mary; Wednesday’s Scripture Class; Avilas Women’s Club. She also participated in the Senior Citizens Club.
Juanita is survived by her son Earle Antoine Coles and daughter in law Jean Coles Woodson, RN. Sister in law, Kathryn Antoine: Nephew, Tamlin Antoine II (Jacqueline): Niece Suzanne Antoine: Grandchildren Michael Antoine Coles, Tonya Griffin, Antoinette Coles, Joseph Eric Coles, Joe Woodson, Gerard and Gerald Woodson: 15 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. And best friends Ann Rankin and Mary Pat Sloan.
The family of Juanita Antoine extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to all for your love, prayers, and support, during this bereavement. Your many expressions of comfort and love, visits, flowers, food, cars and telephone calls, are appreciated more that words can say.
PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH for the Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, March 7, 9:30 AM at St. Bridget Church, Parma.
Visitation: Friday, 4-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge). To offer condolences and sign guestbook please visit www.ZaborFH.com
Messages of Condolence
My deepest condolences to the Antoine family. Juanita’s life from the eyes of her granddaughter was a true story of accomplishments and leaves her family gleeming of pride! But now her greatest accomplishment is being joined with her heavenly father God in heaven. So Antoine family hold your heads high and continue to trust in God.
Love Pat Douglas
Grandmom GiGi, lived a very full life, accomplished many things. She passed her wisdom on to all who would listen. She always strived to do the best, passing this attiutde on to many of her relatives. She was a source of love and pride for all of our family, her snappy sense of humor was a pleasure, she spoke quietly, but when she spoke you listened. She loved her family deeply and we will truly miss her. But we have the opportunity to see her again in paradise. Psalms 37:11
You all have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
May God Bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Remember that your loved one is home with our Lord and Savior where she will know nothing but peace. There will be no more pain or suffering. I pray that God gives you all the strength that you need to get through this time.
I haven’t known Grandma Antoine”GG” very long, but what I have heard and observed of her, I can tell she was a very special woman. Her brilliance and love for her family is something that everyone who is in relation or who has ever been blessed to know her should be very proud of. My husband “Joe” is very emotional and very hur about her passing but he always says, “I will remember the good times, and I know she is in heaven smiling down on us.” God bless her family and remember that she was a WONDERFUL Blessing to all of your lives.
God Bless……Lauren Woodson
My beautiful and precious GG, you lived here on earth for “98” years strong, and now God released you of your duties of being a mother, grandma, and GG to join him.. and there is nothing wrong with that because you’ve already been at the hundreds of birthday’s, family reunions, wedding’s, graduations, family parties, and infamous sunday dinners at Grandma Jean’s…. You always knew the right things to say to make us smile…
You layed a path for all or us to follow, and I think we are off to a pretty good start… GG; all of your great great grandchildren are pursuing their college education despite the obstacles and advertisites that may be ahead.. and I know you would be proud of us.
Last but not least; as you may be absent in body, not you are far from absent in our hearts, minds and bodies…
You will be lived on through all of us with so much pride and intregrity…
I love you GG, your great great granddaughter Dominique Coles.
PS. Tell both my grandad ronald I made it into cooking school and I will finish what he could’nt… and tell granddady joe, whenever I get up there, save me a spot and the card table. He owes me a game, a pepsi!
**Now that you’re gone, I can still feel you near
So I’ll smile, with every tear I cry
Although I’m missing you
I’ll find a way to get through
☆GG, forever our shining star!☆
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Antoine! I remember every Halloween instead of candy, she would pass out shiny new pennies for every year of your age! She was a very special lady. I will never forget her! The world was a much better place with her in it!! I will miss her very very much!
Matthew J. Merkle
To the Antoine Family:
I know that losing a loved one is one of the hardest things in life to deal with and I am deeply sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. For G.G. to live to be almost 100 years old is a blessing and I am sure that you have many memories that will keep her with you all the time. Although difficult, try to find comfort in the fact that she no longer has to suffer any pain and is able to rest now. Be strong for one another and God Bless.
Aunt Juanita was my grandfathers older sister and has been a source of pride and inspiration for me most of my life. While I offer condolances to all family members and friends, I hope that everyone celebrates the wonderful life she led and the legacy she leaves behind. May we all strive to continue to honor the Antoine family name by how we live our lives. Juanita was a great role model to follow, and I’m sure as she is judged, Jesus will say well done, my child.
Ms. Jean and Tonya,
You two have always been an example to the community for your strength, integrity, intelligence and family values. It’s very obvious where you acquired such qualities from as did her son. Although I did not personally know your grandmother Tonya, you spoke of her often and I know how much you loved her and took care of her and handled her affairs. The pain that you and your mother and her son, and the rest of your family and friends who knew her are no doubt experiencing, is felt by all. She is with the Lord now who will continue to “handle her affairs” in Heaven as you so diligently and lovingly did while she was in your care. To her son, your mother will continue to watch over you. May she rest in peace.
Lisa Brown, New Jersey
Jean, and all the family of this wonderful woman. Firstly I would like to give my condolences to you and your family on the homegoing of your mother in law. What a wonderful blessing to live all those years, touch all the lives she has touched, and now go to her rest.
I know that she had to be a great woman because of the person you are Jean, and I’m sure there are many others that have excepted the mantel of peace and love she shared. It would be possible to live so long, and not touch lives or do good, but from the reading you have provided, not possible for this woman whom appears to have loved God do greatly and dedicated herself to him in service.
I pray for your family that they will be comforted, and that they will rejoice continually over her accomplishments, and the legacy she has left behind. Family I know you will miss her, but she is now resting in the arms of the God of her salvation. Be blessed and trust in the Lord in all thy ways, and he shall direct and comfort you.
I will always cherish the love and generosity which she freely gave often throughout my childhood. She was such a joy to be around and always encouraged education. She was always there to support me in my school endeavors, by giving books and learning games and tools. She even taught me Latin, when I started taking the course in High School. Ms. Antoine continued to be one of my mother’s best friends until we moved away from the Cleveland area.
We love her and miss her – but we know that God has prepared a special place for one of his darling angels.
With love to the family and sincerest condolences,
Lise Scott (Daughter of Easter Scott)