Joanne Shea Monaco

March 21, 1929May 15, 2020

Preceded in death by husband Alfred Monaco, Jr; parents, Daniel and Mary Agnes Shea; brothers, Bill Shea (Iris), Don Shea (Madeline, Pat), Terry Shea (Mary), Tim Shea (Darlene), and Ronnie Shea (Tillie); and sisters, Nancy Plainer, Kathy Lierman (John), and LoRayne Van Wyk. Survived by daughters, Jeannine Tawzer, Jannette Tawzer, and Julianne Wilkerson (Bill); grandchildren, Goldin Doles (Chris), and Cody Tawzer (Amanda); step-children, Susan Vaughan (John), Debra McMahon (Tim), Al Monaco III (Cindy), and Chris Monaco (Carol); brother, Tom Shea (Marge, Lorna); sister Pauline Fox; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Born in Council Bluffs, IA and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1946. Had a long time career as a singer and entertainer in supper, night and service clubs throughout the Omaha Metro area. In Shenandoah, she sang with the John Leacox Big Band. Joanne owned and operated the Buntz-Tawzer Funeral Home for 15 years with former husband, Jim Tawzer in Shenandoah. There, they raised 3 daughters, Jann, Jean and Juli Tawzer. Joanne was active in the S.W. Iowa Theatre Group and starred in several productions. In Omaha, she was Executive Assistant to the President of the School of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Hospital, and for 16 years served as Executive Secretary to the CEO at Hawkins Construction. MEMORIALS to Alzheimers Association. SERVICES PENDING


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Barbara Cunningham

May 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember the good times. She raised good girls. So glad you shared the news with Shenandoah. We remember. With love.


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