JoAnn Yanaros

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JoAnn Yanaros, nee Protano, of Belleville, IL, born June 29, 1951, in Mount Vernon, NY, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023, at home in the Manors at Woodfield, Belleville, IL, after a three-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was 71 years old.

JoAnn worked numerous jobs in her working career following her military husband from place to place. She taught eighth grade art at Howard AFB in Panama, and was a Parks and Recreation Supervisor for the city of Fayetteville, NC, a Commercial Travel Sales Agent for Worldwide Travel in Little Rock, AR, a Sales Agent for Black Forest Clock Factory in Ramstein, Germany, and worked 17 years as Sales Manager for Fulford Construction Company in O’Fallon, IL.

JoAnn was a member of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and was raised with a strong Catholic background, having attended St. Gregory Catholic School in Mamaroneck, NY and graduating from Ladycliff, a Catholic college in Highland Falls, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.

JoAnn was a warm, cheerful, gregarious person who loved to be around people and who treasured her friends. She brought joy to others and loved to celebrate the gift of life on every occasion with family and friends. She was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was preceded by her parents, Donato and Pia, nee DeCarolis, Protano; and her brother-in-law, Philip Margiotta.

Surviving are her loving husband of 41 years, Marcus W. Yanaros, whom she married on July 9, 1982;
her sister, Marie, nee Protano, Margiotta;
a niece, Bianca (Eric), nee Margiotta, Olivencia, and their children, Mia and Hudson;
a nephew, Philip (Jan) Margiotta, and their children, Zachary, Luke and Katherine;
a niece, Ann, nee Yanaros, Farrell and her children, Shannon and Mackensie;
a niece, Amy Yanaros;
and her Godchildren, Jacqueline Burwitz and her daughter, Isabel Burwitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam officiating.

Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, St. Louis, MO.


5 Comments on JoAnn Yanaros

Patricia & Gary Forrester said : Guest Report Mar 11, 2023 at 4:41 PM

Marcus, Our hearts go out to you. JoAnn was a gem and we will never forget her kind heart and helpfulness to us when we built at the MAW over 25 years ago.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jacky & Chuck Protano said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2023 at 10:22 AM

Dear Marcus, Marie and family, We were so saddened to learn of the passing of JoAnn. JoAnn was beautiful inside and out and I know she will be so missed by all. Sending you all our love and most sincere condolences. Jacky & Chuck Protano

  • Canandaigua
  • NY
Sara Lowery said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2023 at 4:10 PM

So sorry to hear the news… lots of hugs to you Marcus….

  • Belleville
  • IL
Diane Marie Kostka said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2023 at 11:13 AM

Marcus, so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Love Diane and Ron

  • Bridgton
  • ME
Dianne Seabaugh said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2023 at 5:23 PM

So sorry for your loss, Marcus. JoAnn always brightened our day with her beautiful smile and genuine concern for others. We missed seeing you both in the Fulford neighborhood. Love and prayers to you and the family. Ron and Dianne Seabaugh

  • Broomfield
  • Colorado

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