Johanne Deely

Johanne DesMarais Deely (63) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at home on March 4, 2020.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Edward Jr., and their children (spouse, and grandchildren), Sarah Biernbaum, 37, (LJ, Julia, Logan); Matthew, 35; Rebecca, 33.
Johanne is the daughter of Fleur-Ange and Jean-Paul Desmarais; the tenth of twelve children, born in Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada, on June 30, 1956. Johanne moved from Quebec to south Florida and became a naturalized US citizen in 1993. She was pre-deceased by her mother and father, sisters Therese, Danielle, and brothers Gilles, Luc. The surviving members of her family include sisters Marie Therrien and Roseline Curran; brothers Paul, Yves, Michel, Andre and Jean; their spouses; a sister in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Johanne was diagnosed with a degenerative neuropathy associated with cerebral ataxia and Parkinson’s, for nearly 30 years she was determined not to let her life be limited by the progressive effects of her disease.
She and her “Eddie” married in 1978; Johanne raised a growing family, worked part-time as she pursued a college degree. In 2000 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with honors from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida.
Throughout her life Johanne volunteered in school mentoring and counseling programs; she was recognized for her work at the “Listen to Children” program supported by the Mental Health Association of Broward County (Florida), and with the “D÷v÷dends School Volunteer Program” in Seminole County (Florida). After moving to the Clear Lake area Johanne volunteered in an adult learning to read program with the United Way of Greater Houston. She continued to participate in weekly church services and in a home bible study small group.
For nearly 8 ½ years she was supported and comforted by Maria, her dedicated caretaker and friend. Her compassionate care supported Johanne in every way. Together they enjoyed daily walks through Nassau Bay, Johanne in her wheelchair and Ginger, her very possessive terrier, on her leash. Maria has made a lasting and loving impression on all of Johanne’s family.
Johanne’s faith in Divine healing and her spiritual strength offered her eternal hope of wellness. She greeted each day as a new beginning and seemed to never tire of the day-to-day routine her life had become.
Her Eddie lived their vows completely, she was the love of his life, his best friend, confidant, sounding board, walking buddy and traveling companion. Johanne was very proud of her children and admired the strong traits they possess. She knows they are equipped to carry on. She lived life unconditionally, taught us to be compassionate. By her example she demonstrated how to give time and talent freely. Her life made an indelible mark on those who love and know her.


  1. Our condolences to the family. Johanne was an amazing person, and we are truly blessed to have had some time with her.

    Diane and Alfred Briones
    • Diane and Alfred,
      I am still planning a service for Johanne at St. Thomas and waiting for the diocese to re-open the church for a service. It could be late May or sometime in June, I’ll reach out when it is confirmed. Take care, stay healthy.

      Ed Deely
  2. Carol and I are so sorry for your loss and send our condolences to Ed,Sarah,Rebecca and Matt. I was so happy with the friendship my mother had with Johanne. She was a very special woman.

    Linda Trunzo
  3. What an amazing life by a truly incredible person. A strong woman, a dedicated loving wife, the most loving, patient, kind, beautiful momma. We were so lucky to have her as our example and lead in life. I know what an impact she had on me as my mom, seeing what she did for everyone else really makes me so proud to call her my mom. I know she is not suffering any longer but I will miss her beautiful smile, the warmth in all of her hugs, hearing her tell me she loves me and ending each phone call with, god bless you, each and every day for the rest of my life.

  4. My sincere condolences to the family. Johanne was truly a wonderful strong women. I was indeed lucky to know her and thanks to Johanne I started a career in the traveling business. RIP my dear Johanne.

    Denise Rouillier
  5. Our deepest condolences to this family. I know Johanne will truly be missed. I am blessed to have met such a giving and caring women. I will never forget Johanne and Eddie. God bless you all.

    Robin Hess
  6. May God bless her devoted family and friends for their love and support through her long illness. Eddie you have been the most wonderful husband, friend and true hero. Remember Joanne with only the fondest memories of all the good times and celebrate her courageous life.

    Sandra Kolman
  7. “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.”

    With heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the entire family.

    With love,
    Lindsey Richmond

    Lindsey Richmond
  8. Johanne was my best friend and a wonderful one at that. My heart is breaking that we didn’t have enough times together. My condolences and prayers go out to her family. May God be with you during these difficult times.

    Lucie Gagnon and family
  9. We are praying for God’s bountiful blessings upon this beautiful family and all those who Johanne held dear in this life. Our deepest sympathy for the grief you are experiencing today and our shared joy in the tender memories and all the happiness that celebrating Johanne’s life with bring. May God bless you all… Love from all the Don Moore family.

    Kathleen Moore Schneider
  10. Sorry to hear that Johanne is not anymore with us. Had the pleasure of working with her, dedicated and patient woman, strong values and great spirit. My condolences to her husband and Children.


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