Joan Dunlop Bonifazi

December 19, 1932September 15, 2020

Joan Dunlop Bonifazi Age 87, of Juno Beach, FL, passed away September 15, 2020, after battling the effects of multiple strokes and Covid-19.

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Joan graduated from Brush High School and received a Bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University. She was married 44 years to the late Steven Bonifazi.

Together Joan and Steve raised orchids from around the world and enjoyed live musical theater, a passion that they passed on to their daughter Karen. Joan was known for decorating uniquely beautiful and delicious cakes.

As Palm Beach County grew, Joan became a leader in community organizations. She was a Girl Scout troop leader and served on the Board of Directors. Joan also served on the board of the United Way of Palm Beach County and helped found the Volunteer Center. She was an active volunteer and a president of the Junior League. Most recently, Joan held several offices in PEO, a philanthropic organization of women helping women.

After teaching some years at Belvedere Elementary School, Joan earned a Master’s in Education at Florida Atlantic University. She trained student-teachers at FAU.

Joan was a loving mother to Karen Bonifazi Mohn and her husband Warren of Norwood, MA, and grandmother to Kathryn Rose.

Considering the risks of gathering in the time of Covid-19, the family has decided to forego a funeral. They would appreciate your sharing stories and condolence at

The family requests that Joan be remembered with donations to the American Stroke Association ( PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692 or P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312.


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Andrea McNally

September 26, 2020

Joan was a much loved member of Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Over the years she served in many capacities including president and many years as secretary. She will be dearly missed by her sisters in the organization and by the many students in Palm Beach County whose lives she touched.

Gerry Knam-Mullen

September 25, 2020

Soooo sorry to see Joan has passed..
My parents Anne and Charlie Knam and my stepfather W. Paul Tippett were good friends with Joan and Steve.
A beautiful couple who had many home parties that we all were very happy to attend.
Hope Karen and her family are doing well.


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