Jean Sylvia Cheney

February 19, 1937February 10, 2020

Jean Sylvia (Lambert) Cheney, 82, a resident of Keene, NH and Punta Gorda, FL, died on February 10, 2020 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL.

Jean was born on February 19, 1937 in Windsor, VT to her proud parents, Alfred and Ruth (Ladeau) Lambert. Raised in Claremont, NH, Jean graduated from Stevens High School with the Class of 1955. She went on to graduate from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1958, having earned her RN diploma.

On September 5, 1959, in Claremont, Jean married Joseph Cheney. After marrying, they moved to Keene, NH, where they raised their four children. They enjoyed 47 wonderful years together until Joe’s passing in 2006.

Jean loved and treasured family. When her children were born, she put aside her nursing career to devote herself to her young and growing family. Eventually, Jean put her nursing cap back on and for many years, she cared for her children by day and then worked as a nurse in the evenings. A devoted and loving mother at home, at work, she had the same devotion, providing nursing care, kindness, comfort, and compassion to many who sought treatment at the offices of Dr. Charlie Schofield, Dr. Frank Carter, Dr. John Hosmer, Dr. Gary Shapiro, Dr. Doug Keene, and Dr. Chris LaRocca. After retiring, she and Joe became snowbirds, finding, and then relocating to Punta Gorda for the winter months. This is a community they loved and felt very at home in.

Not one to sit still, after retirement, Jean was involved in many endeavors. She volunteered at the Gulf Pointe Surgery Center in Port Charlotte. She enjoyed knitting, providing countless hats, mittens, scarves, and sweaters to warm the hearts and bodies of her family members, friends and to donate to charitable organizations. She also enjoyed quilting and made many beautiful, hand-sewn quilts. These included quilts that she made early in her retirement for her grandchildren which were intended as a future wedding gift to them. Jean enjoyed socializing with her wide group of friends, loved a good book, played golf and bridge, and a mean game of cribbage!

Summers in Keene were filled with activities centered around her family and friends. When she was in New Hampshire, she rarely missed an opportunity to gather with family in support of someone who was participating in cheerleading, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, hockey, school concerts, equestrian events, or dance performances. She attended, cheered, encouraged, and showed her devotion. While in Florida during the winters, she was aware of scheduled events and always made contact to ensure that each participant felt her love and support. Jean also enjoyed golfing and playing bridge with her friends in Keene.

After Joe’s passing, Jean was fortunate to meet and eventually marry James Caverly. They married on August 28, 2011, in Gladwin, MI. Through her marriage to Jimmy, Jean gained his five children and their respective families, with whom she enjoyed a special relationship.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, her first and second husbands, her sister Deanna Vertone, and granddaughter Amber Colburn.

Jean is survived and will be remembered lovingly by her four children, daughter Lisa Cheney of Keene, daughter Susan Lyman and her husband, Bruce, of Marlborough, NH, her son Jay Cheney and his wife, Carol, of Hopkinton, MA and daughter Jill Stubbs and her husband, Rodney, of Swanzey, NH.

Jean was blessed with cherished grandchildren, Erin Braley of Swanzey, NH, Jeffrey Lyman and his wife, Jeanetta, of Rindge, NH, Jessica Cumings and husband, Jeffrey, of Marlborough, NH, Jennifer Ellis and her fiancé, Bobby Ward, of Gilsum, NH, Malcolm Cheney of Peacham ,VT, Charlotte Cheney of Boston, MA, Maggie Cheney of Hopkinton, MA, Errin Stubbs of Swanzey, NH and Hollie Fryklund and her husband, Jeremy, of Medford,WI.

Jean’s blessings continued when she became GG to her “Greats”, Nicole Braley, Max Braley, Chelsea Cumings, Cameron Cumings, Aaliyah Howard, Bella Stoddard, Jordyn Fryklund, Jayda Fryklund, Theo Fryklund, and Eila Fryklund.

Jean is also survived by Jimmy’s children, Mary Ellen and her husband, Tom, Susan, Marjorie and her husband, Todd, Laurie and her husband, Rob, and Jamie, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, John Vertone of Claremont; sister-in-law, Jackie Zack of Bedford, NH; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her family, Jean will also be missed by her many close friends in her New Hampshire and Florida communities.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:00am in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene. Burial with committal prayers will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene. There are no public calling hours.

For those who wish, contributions in Jean’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, NH Division, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 02110; or to the charity of your choice.


  • Lisa Cheney, Daughter
  • Susan Lyman and husband, Bruce, Daughter
  • Jay Cheney and wife, Carol, Son
  • Jill Stubbs and husband, Rodney, Daughter
  • Erin Braley, Granddaughter
  • Jeffrey Lyman and wife, Jeanetta, Grandson
  • Jessica Cumings and husband, Jeffrey, Granddaughter
  • Jennifer Ellis and Fiance, Bobby Ward, Granddaughter
  • Malcolm Cheney, Grandson
  • Charlotte Cheney, Granddaughter
  • Maggie Cheney, Granddaughter
  • Errin Stubbs, Granddaughter
  • Hollie Fryklund and husband, Jeremy, Granddaughter
  • Nicole Braley, Great Granddaughter
  • Max Braley, Great Grandson
  • Chelsea Cumings, Great Granddaughter
  • Cameron Cumings, Great Grandson
  • Aaliyah Howard, Great Granddaughter
  • Bella Stoddard, Great Granddaughter
  • Jordyn Fryklund, Great Granddaughter
  • Jayda Fryklund, Great Granddaughter
  • Theo Fryklund, Great Grandson
  • Eila Fryklund, Great Granddaughter
  • John Vertone, Brother-in-law
  • Jackie Zack, Sister-in-law
  • Joseph Cheney, First Husband (deceased)
  • James Caverly, Second Husband (deceased)
  • Ruth (Ladeau) Lambert, Mother (deceased)
  • Alfred Lambert, Father (deceased)
  • Jean is also survived by several nieces and nephews; Jimmy's children, Mary Ellen and husband, Tom, Susan, Marjorie and her husband, Todd, Laurie and her husband, Rob, and Jamie as well as their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; also be missed by her many close friends in her New Hampshire and Florida communities.


15 August

A Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. Margaret Mary Church

33 Arch Street
Keene, New Hampshire


Jean Sylvia Cheney

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Toot and John Pilot

March 5, 2020

We have many great memories of Jean starting in high school. And later, friends with Jean and Joe and their family for many years. They always were there to help others in so many ways. Together again....

Cathy and John Risley

March 3, 2020

Jean was a dear friend for over 50 years. Our children played together early on and then we visited one another over the years. Jean had such an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. She will truly missed by the many lived she touched over the years of her nursing career and her volunteer work.
We send our love and prayers to family left behind, but look forward to meeting up with Jean in heaven.

Ron and Nancy Caverly Belardinelli

February 22, 2020

We have fond memories of visiting Jean and Jimmy when they arrived in Punta Gorda in the Fall. After Jimmy’s passing, Jean would continue to visit us when she came to Florida and we would reciprocate after the Holidays. We enjoyed the luncheon and chatting get togethers we had with Jean and will miss her. She was a special lady. Rest In peace Jean.

Ron and Nancy Caverly Belardinelli
Siesta Key, FL

Geri Zabko

February 22, 2020

To the family of Jean sending my sincere condolences, As a past employee of Cheshire Medical Center for many years , I had the opportunity to work with her. She was one of the most compassionate , caring person I’ve known , I’ll always remember her great smile & her friendliness. She was an amazing nurse! May you RIP Jean❤️

Lesley Dwyer Blecharczyk

February 21, 2020

Hello to Lisa, Sue, Jill and Jay,
My Mom spoke often about how much she enjoyed and appreciated Jean coming to get her for lunch, to chat, and to meet with the girls over the past few years. I recently found a picture of my Mom's first wedding, and there was Jean by her side! Truly life long friends. I'm thinking of you all. Lesley
Tina says:
Jean was a wonderful friend and will be sadly missed. Jean and I just spoke the week before she passed. I was looking forward to having her back in NH. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Tina Torelli

Michael and Betty Forrest

February 21, 2020

Our deepest condolences on the loss of classmate and dear friend, Jean. Growing up with Jean in Claremont, NH, we have many fond memories from early childhood, school activities and meeting at alumni class reunions. Mike and Jean were classmates and grew up on the same street. Betty was in band and other musical groups with Jean at Stevens High School.

When we moved to Keene in 1982, we were pleased to find ourselves residing close by. We will miss our times together when Jean returned to the area each spring.

John Walter

February 20, 2020

As a physician at what was the Keene Clinic, I had the privilege of occasionally working with Jean. She was an excellent, very caring nurse-always devoted to her patients' needs and utterly reliable. I have worked with many fine nurses over the years, but Jean's dedication to helping others was truly extraordinary. She was a lovely person, and my heartfelt sympathy goes to her family members, whom she loved so well.

Kathleen Kirstein

February 18, 2020

Just wanted to offer my condolences. Jean was a wonderful nurse and friend. She will always have a special place in my heart . Sending hugs to you all.
Kathleen Shea Kirstein