Joni Boman “Jo Jo” Launer, a mother, wife, and sister, age 67 of Henry, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 31st at her sister’s residence in Henry.
Born in Lincoln Nebraska, Joni spent her early days on her parent’s dairy farm riding horses with her three older sisters. After a family move, her childhood was spent growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana where she spent her time playing sports as one of the boys, competing with her sisters on the diving board, and attending the Indy 500 yearly as a family event. Joni was never one to shy away from the challenge of keeping up with her sisters whom she admired out of love, and in turn loved her back.
After high-school her sense of adventure would take her as far east as the Atlantic before moving out west to California with her dog Ski. Along the way she was never far from a sister, gave birth to two beautiful children, settled on calling Texas home, and married David Eric “Dave” Launer on December 13th, 1997. Upon reaching retirement, Joni and her husband moved to Tennessee to live out their golden years, but their love for Texas never waned, as evident by their loyal yellow lab named “Texas”.
She worked in the Texas Education system for many years mentoring in the classroom at the Instruction and Guidance Center of McAllen Independent School District before joining IDEA Public Schools where she would finish out her career as a school administrator. Personally and professionally, children were a highlight in Joni’s life, she was a natural role model for hundreds of little ones to look up to.
Joni loved her children, her family, and animals of all sorts. She had a sense of adventure and a toughness manifested from her faith in God and her love for family. Traits she passed down to her children, she enjoyed hikes in the mountains with her son and riding horses with her daughter. She talked, laughed, and prayed with her sisters daily. Fans of living in the country, she and her husband would watch “Walker, Texas Ranger” and enjoy their little slice of heaven on earth together. Prior to her mother passing, she loved playing cards with her. Among her friends and family, she is often referred to as the strongest and most selfless person you ever met. Having survived cancer more than once and the recipient of a heart-transplant, she would never let her physical pains prevent her from being emotionally strong for others. She was truly a gift from heaven and an inspiration for those who knew her well.
Along with her husband, she is also survived by her daughter Jodi Boman (John David) Brassard, Jr.; son, Parker John (Kelly Kathryn DiLorenzo) Batt; daughter, Marie Clover (Justin) Bozalina; Three sisters Jeanne’ Boman (Gerald) Yamamoto, Kim Boman Gates, Debbie Ann Boman (Harold) Anderson; and two grandchildren, Quentin Michael Bozalina and Julian Dax Bozalina.