Jon Bon Jovi’s Mom Carol Bongiovi Dies at 83: 'A Force to Be Reckoned With'

Carol Bongiovi died on Tuesday, July 9, three days short of her 84th birthday

<p>Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty</p> Jon Bon Jovi and Carol Bongiovi

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Jon Bon Jovi and Carol Bongiovi

Jon Bon Jovi's mother, Carol A. Bongiovi, has died. She was 83.

Carol died on Tuesday, July 9, three days short of her 84th birthday, at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J., PEOPLE confirms.

"Our mother was a force to be reckoned with, her spirit and can-do attitude shaped this family. She will be greatly missed," Bon Jovi, 62, told PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of the family.

<p>Marc Serota/Getty</p> Jon Bon Jovi and his mother Carol Sharkey in 2008

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Jon Bon Jovi and his mother Carol Sharkey in 2008

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Aside from being the founder of her son’s eponymous band's fan club, Carol was an entrepreneur operating several businesses. The Erie, Penn. native and Playboy bunny enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959, where she served her country honorably and met her future husband, John Bongiovi, Sr.

The couple later moved to Sayreville, N.J., where she and her husband raised their family. They later settled in Holmdel, N.J., where she resided until her death.

While speaking with The Big Issue in November 2020, Bon Jovi credited his parents with giving him "the ability to make the dream reality."

<p>The Bongiovi family</p> Jon Bon Jovi's mother, Carol

The Bongiovi family

Jon Bon Jovi's mother, Carol

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“Even if you truly weren’t any good at your craft, if you believed you were, you could work on it," he said. "As I got older I realized that was a great gift that I got from my folks. They truly believed in the John Kennedy mantra of going to the moon. ‘Yeah, of course you can go to the moon. Just go, Johnny.’ And there I went.”

The musician recalled how his parents supported his dreams by allowing him to take gigs when he was 17.

"They were always supportive of me, which in retrospect, was incredible. Because I could get home at one or two in the morning, and have to still be in school by eight o’clock. They just said, show up on time for school, you know that is your responsibility, but pursue your dream," he said.

<p>John Nacion/Getty</p> Jon Bon Jovi

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Jon Bon Jovi

Carol is survived by her husband of 63 years, their three sons and daughters-in-law: Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, Anthony and Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Matthew and Desiree Bongiovi, as well as her eight loving grandchildren.

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All funeral services will be private. Holmdel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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