Jean Elaine Quaranta, 85, of Port St. Joe, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. She was born in Cleveland Ohio.

Jean was the beloved matriarch of the Quaranta family. Married for 59 years to Charles Quaranta, they had five children. Her greatest times in life were when her family, and anyone else who got dragged in, would be gathered around the table, eating, laughing, and taking lots of pictures. She knew no strangers and talked to everyone like she'd known them for years.

Jean worked for Manatee Pediatrics in Bradenton for 17 years until she retired and moved to Port St. Joe in 1992. Her love of children evident and Grandma was always willing to babysit. She volunteered with the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Dept., enjoyed the beaches, lots of family gatherings, and the beautiful sunsets from her balcony.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Quaranta; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Gloria Schoelles and husband Richie, Bill Quaranta, Patti Quaranta, Chuck Quaranta, and Jayne Bamburg; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother, Jack Warren of Ester, and a sister Jeri Bass of Bradenton.

A memorial service will be held in her memory at the Oak Grove Church on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m ET.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, 1007 10th Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.

Services provided by Comforter Funeral Home