In loving memory of

January 10, 1933 - October 7, 2020

Joan C. Fontaine, 87, of Marquette, died Wednesday evening, October 7, 2020 at UP Health System-Marquette.

She was born January 10, 1933, in Marquette, a daughter of Charles and Ruth (Gentz) McNerney, Sr. and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a member of St. Peter Cathedral, the American Legion Auxiliary, Womens' Cribbage League and a cribbage league at Snowberry Heights. She also enjoyed playing music and singing in her brother's band.

Joan is survived by her children, Alan Frieberg of Republic, Kerry (Jim) Bonovich of Ishpeming and Gwyn Fontaine of Gwinn; grandchildren, Joshua (Angela) Salmi of Marquette, Breanna Murray of Minnesota, Sarah Fontaine of Gwinn, Christopher (Jayda) Ward of Marquette, Jacob Fontaine of Marquette & Jordan Fontaine of Grand Rapids; great-grandchildren, Joanie Rooks, Madison, Journey and Mira Salmi, Andrew, Kalynn and Taylor Fontaine, Aniya and Anavi Wright and Malik Fontaine; and numerous nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lauren Reichel; grandchild, Amy Rooks; great-grandchild, Tyson Murray; and siblings, Shirley Bowers, Kathleen McNerney, Geraldine Bengry, James, George, Donald and Charles McNerney, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 10 to 11 am in the Bishops Room at St. Peter Cathedral. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 am in the church with Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber officiating. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family where memories may be shared at


Peggy Lee Morgan Leach wrote on Oct 11, 2020:

"Sorry about the loss of your beloved mother! She was always a joy to be with! Loved her smile! Hold onto those special memories! I?m Faith Morgan sister Peggy Morgan! Kerry is a great friend of Faith! I wanted to go to the funeral home but distancing this week! Surgery on Wednesday! Love"

Jill Vessels wrote on Oct 11, 2020:

"I used to see Joanie all over town...she didn?t know who I was but I always chatted it up with her because I knew Kerry. She was fun and happy and a good example of aging gracefully??"

Virginia Trudell wrote on Oct 10, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family during this time. Thinking of you!"

Rudy Jensen wrote on Oct 10, 2020:

"Oh So Sorry Rudy & Pat Jensen"

June Hebert wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

"Joanie was the most wonderful friend, I could have asked for. She will surely be missed. My sympathies to the whole family. From June Hebert"

Laura T wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

" It was a joy getting to know Joan over this last year. I will miss her daily smile, greetings and spunk. My sympathies to her family."

Roz wrote on Oct 9, 2020:

"Kerry : Your mom was a great lady ! I My condolences to all of your family ....???"