The mother of musician Jon Bon Jovi — Carol Sharkey Bongiovi, an Erie native — has died at age 83.

Bongiovi died Tuesday at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

She was just three days away from celebrating her birthday.

Bongiovi was born and raised in Erie, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and moved to New Jersey after meeting her husband.

She was also a Playboy Bunny, operated several businesses and founded her son's band's fan club.

Bongiovi is survived by her husband and three sons.

Carol A. Bongiovi,(nee Sharkey) Entrepreneur, Playboy Bunny, and U.S. Marine died on Tuesday, July 9, three days short of her 84th birthday at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey. Mrs. Bongiovi was an entrepreneur operating several businesses and the founder of her son’s eponymous band’s fan club. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania Carol enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1959, she served her country honorably and met her future husband, John Bongiovi, Sr. The couple moved to Sayreville, NJ where she and her husband raised their family. Eventually, the family settled in Holmdel, NJ where she resided until the time of her passing.

Surviving is her husband of 63 years, John Bongiovi, Sr. along with three sons and daughters -in-laws, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi of Middletown, NJ; Anthony and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Los Angeles, CA; Matthew and Desiree Bongiovi of Holmdel, NJ; as well as her eight loving grandchildren.

All funeral services will be private. Holmdel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a message of condolence please visit Mrs. Bongiovi’s page of tributes at