Ann Hathaway Cheney
February 23, 1940 – June 5, 2020
Niantic-Ann Hathaway Cheney 1940-2020 died unexpectedly after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, on Friday June 5, 2020 at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. Ann was born on February 23, 1940 in Pomona CA. where she attended High School and then obtained a two-year degree in Home Economics from Mt. San Antonio Community College. She was the daughter of Richard and Gertrude (Withington) Hathaway. Ann received a second degree in Engineering from the Thames Valley Technical School (Now Three Rivers) in Norwich at the age of 43. She was employed as an Engineering Technical Writer at Pratt & Whitney for 22 years. She excelled in the many crafts and hobbies that she enjoyed. Quilt making was her life-time passion. She created many beautiful quilts with artwork themes and gave them out as gifts. She participated in the construction of the East Lyme Bicentennial Quilt which is displayed in the Historic Lee House and Museum. She was very much involved with the American Field Service (AFS) and participated in the foreign exchange student program. She hosted students from the Philippines and New Zealand, with whom she maintained friendships for the remainder of her life. Her other crafting passions were making greeting cards and basket weaving. She loved gardening and had many different flowers. She kept them well organized, labeled, and kept a photographed inventory of all of them. She excelled at cooking, collected many recipes, and was a member of and coordinated a local Gourmet Dinner Club. Ann served on the board of directors and was the Vice President of the “Junkins Family Association.” From which she is descended. She was a member of the “New England Historic Genealogical Society” and did extensive work in the field of genealogy. She has deep ancestral roots in New England. Some that go back to early Norwich, the Mayflower, Scotland, and England. Her research into her genealogical roots, turned up some remarkably interesting and detailed ancestral history. Ann is survived by her lifetime-companion William A. Jacobik of Niantic, son Kevin Cheney and daughter-in-law Yvette Dionne of Gales Ferry, and daughter Heather Cheney of Barnet VT. She also leaves two sisters, Sandra Pearson of Norwich, and Elaine Aldridge of Aquilla, Texas. She has several nieces, nephews, and many cousins. She also leaves behind her extended family from across the world and many, many close friends. Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home Niantic is handling arrangements. Please visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com for tributes and updated service information. Donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the American Field Services (AFS.) at https://www.afsusa.org/donate/ or the “Junkins Family Association” 90 Goss Hill Road, Huntington, Mass. 01050.
Ann Hathaway Cheney
September 9, 2020
Dear Bill and Sandra. Please know your friends share in your sorrow.
I was fortunate to get to know Ann through the Gourmet Dinner Club she orchestrated. She and Bill hosted many Christmas time dinners at their lovely country home, two of which I attended.
May Ann rest in peace.
August 14, 2020
My heartfelt condolences go out to Ann’s family and all those she held dear. A memory of making fresh pasta with Ann when I was a teenager comes to mind. May your own happy memories bring you peace and comfort.
July 21, 2020
I do remember Ann as a very kind, thoughtful and lovely girl as we went through Pomona High School together.
She will be dearly missed by all that knew her, no matter whether it was 63+ years ago or very recent.
A true loss.
Leah Riddle McEntee
July 20, 2020
So sorry to hear the sad news, Ann has always been so involved with PHS newsletters to keep us informed of her adventures. The house remodel, the special dinners and of course her quilting. I had such a great time with Ann and Bill at our reunion in Palm Springs.
June 29, 2020
It's hard so hard to believe that a person like Ann is gone....a person who put so much creative energy into all the things she did..... preparing food, making quilts, sewing, painting, entertaining . She was an inspiration and she will be greatly missed.
June 29, 2020
Our hearts go out to Bill and Ann's family.
We had the opportunity to know Ann and Bill as members of the Gourmet Club and enjoyed many happy times and delicious meals.
Precious memories never die.
With loving thoughts Lee Kusterer and
June 28, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Ann's passing. My condolences to Bill and all of Ann's family. Ann leaves behind many memories for her family and friends. My last memory with Ann was just prior to her travel to New Zealand when She, Bill and I had a nice summer picnic dinner on the deck. I had just returned from New Zealand so we chatted about the possibilities.
Ann organized the most wonderful Christmas Parties. She loved to entertain us, and what an amazing cook she was. Her cooking teams were taught the real meaning of gourmet. I recall searching for days to find special ingredients for my assigned recipes. A twenty year old memory of spending time with Ann, one of my favorites. Rest in peace Ann. Thank you for the friendship.
Jim (Jake) Jacobik
June 27, 2020
My brother Bill was blessed to have Ann’s constant company for many years. She was good to him and good for him. During that time, my partner and I were welcomed to their Griswold home many times, and our arrival always meant a feast was prepared. Hearth-roasted prime rib at Christmas, delicious grilled meats and salad fare in summer. It was the one time a year that I’d get to meet far-flung relatives, aunts, nieces and cousins for a joyous get-together.
Bill, I hope that your knowing that she will be missed by many people will be like a sharing of the load. Yes, her passing will fall on you the hardest, but there are many people willing to help ease the burden of your sadness in ways that we can. Ann was a wonderful, friendly and caring woman who will be greatly missed by many.
Charles and Liz SIBICKY
June 26, 2020
There is no replacing our friend and next door neighbor. We had the honor of talking about quilting or planning our next gourmet meal, meeting new friends. My prized possession is an quilt that she helped me make for my grandson. Charlie loves the Daylilies that Ann planted and now our road blooms every July between the 2 houses. She will be very much missed, but her memories will last a life time.
June 25, 2020
Both Susan and I send sincere condolences to the Family of Ann - She was a good friend for many years - I first met Ann in the late 80’s and was invited to join in the Gourmet Club - I in turn invited Susan to join the club as well — She and Ann shared many nice meals & recipes over the years — She will be sadly missed by both of us ~~~ Jan & Susan
June 24, 2020
Pecan pie. Christmas eve rib roast dinners. Any dinner with family, all of them... fabulous.
"That Withy Thing".
Summer gatherings on the porch at the Griswold address.
That Wihy thing.
So many classic and new recipes.
Our wedding quilt... 20 plus years, one restoration and... in need of another one. Who? Such a loss.
Lisa's tribute quilt.
Rubber stamp personalized cards.
That Withy thing.
How could she possibly retire at normal retirement age after starting a second career at 43? Amazing!
Best home maker ever! Yes.
Opinionated? Yes. Bold and in charge? Yes. That Withy thing? Yes. We love you, mom. Yes.
She will be missed by so many in so many ways.
She made an impression on us all.
Long live Ann's memory!
June 24, 2020
One of my favorite pictures of Ann, 5 yrs., and me, 3 yrs.
Joe and Star Makara
June 24, 2020
We are so very sorry for your unexpected loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I will miss Ann's company. She was such a sweet lady.
June 17, 2020
To the funeral director:
I believe she was born February 23, 1940. Her age of passing would have been 80. Isn’t that correct?
June 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of her passing.
We were close friends back in 1982-83. We visited her mom and dad in California for a week. Good memories.