Jeanne Frances Bowne

Venice, Fla.


Jeanne Frances Bowne, 76, of Venice, Fla., died on June 22, 2022, following an 18-month battle with multiple myeloma.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1946, to Charles and Frances Romanelli in Everett, Mass.

She attended Suffolk University in Boston, graduating with a BA in Education. It was at Suffolk that she met her first husband, Peter Nagorniuk. They were married in 1967. They had two sons, Derek, born in 1971, and Mark in 1976. Some of her happiest years were the 15 years spent on Cape Cod, raising the boys to be independent advocates for their own lives.

Jeanne spent more than 35 years as a middle school teacher and fierce advocate for her students in Massachusetts, Maine and Florida. Most of those years were spent at the Tremont School in Tremont on Mount Desert Island. She worked tirelessly with students, colleagues, parents and administrators to create and maintain a nurturing, supportive learning environment — but one that was not without boundaries, rules and consequences. For that, she was appreciated by all.

In 2007, she married John Bowne, who survives. They moved to Venice, Fla., in 2010, where she became the go-to super substitute at the Student Leadership Academy, a charter middle school in Venice, for nearly 10 years. “Mrs. B.” was beloved and admired by her students and colleagues alike.

Jeanne is survived by, loved and missed by her husband, John, of Venice, Fla., sons Derek of Portland, Maine, and Mark and wife, Kim, of Old Lyme, Conn. Also her older sister Jill of Middleton, Mass., her children John (Lynne) of Reading, Mass., and Diane (Ben) of Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M., as well as her younger sister Jackie of Arlington Heights, Ill., and her children Cassandra and Nicholas.

She is also survived, missed and loved by John’s four stepdaughters — Kate Korbet of Woody Creek, Colo., Tayler Clancy and daughter Hayden of Warrenton, Va., Briana Clancy of Dillon, Colo., and Annie Arsenault, husband, Marcel, and daughter Wyatte Renee of Breckenridge, Colo.

It took her no time to win over the girls. After John and Jeanne got together and the girls met her at a multi-day family gathering, one of the girls (who shall remain nameless) announced to John, “We really love you, but if you guys split up, we’re going with Jeanne!”

In addition to her passion for teaching, she was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. She had been a Patriots season-ticket holder at the infamous Sullivan Stadium and was elated to find a group of like-minded fans at the Old Venice Pub on game days.

She was also renowned for the dozens of sweaters she knit for family members of all ages.

She was tiny — stretching to reach 5-foot-2 — but an unstoppable force of nature, who leaves a huge void in the lives of the many she loved and touched. The depth of our grief is a measure of the love she instilled in all of us. We will always miss her.

Donations in her memory can be made to Tidewell Hospice at, to your local hospice organization, to a local American Cancer Society Relay for Life or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

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