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Jana Nihan McKeown

April 26, 1969December 13, 2020

Jana Nihan McKeown, 51, died peacefully on December 13, 2020 at St. Lukes’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA

She was born in Hyannis, MA on April 26,1969. She grew up in Harwich and graduated Harwich High School in 1987. Jana went on to receive her certification from Blaine Hair School and enjoyed a long career as a hairdresser on the lower Cape for many years. After moving to New Bedford in recent years, Jana studied at The Trundy Institute of Addiction Counseling. She was able to help others with their addictions and worked to better herself through her education. Jana loved spending time at the beach and with her dogs Bear and Boo Boo when she could. She will forever be remembered for her kind heart and beautiful soul.

Jana is survived by her daughter Cierra McKeown of Harwich, whom she shared with her former spouse Jeff McKeown. Also her father, William Stoltz, brother Christopher Stoltz, and sisters Gretchen Stoltz and Erin Starkweather. Also many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and friends on both Cape Cod and in New Bedford. She is preceded in death by her mother Jeannette Cashen Stoltz.

There will be a Celebration of life service in the Spring.

Please consider a donation in her name to High Point and Affiliates,, 72 Kilburn Street, New Bedford Ma 0274


  • Jeannette Cashen Stoltz, Mother (deceased)
  • William Stoltz, Father
  • Cierra McKeown, Daughter
  • Christopher Stoltz, Brother
  • Gretchen Stoltz, Sister
  • Erin Starkweather, Sister
  • Jeff McKeown, former spouse
  • Jana is alsosurvived bymany aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and friends on both Cape Cod and in New Bedford.


Jana Nihan McKeown

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Matt Laman

January 8, 2021

Always a smiling face with an infectious laugh and an energy that will not be forgotten. We will miss you Jana. Rest with ease and in peace.

Hayley HOGAN

December 27, 2020

Cierra I'm so sorry for your loss. Kind thoughts and prayers for you and your family 🙏. Your Mother was a good friend to me. She will always be in my heart ❤

Lisa Allison

December 22, 2020

Jana thank you for being kind to me when others were not. You were a bright light when I needed it and it seems you carried that light forward to others. Go in peace my friend.

Sean Miller

December 21, 2020

Jana,my heart is forever broken.thanks for the great memories..I will always love u

Heather Rowe

December 20, 2020

Im so shocked to hear this sad news and so very sorry to Janas’ whole family for your loss.I will always remember your big smile and happy attitude at work. My deepest condolences to you all,and I’m sending you love,strength and prayers during this difficult time.RIP Godspeed Jana,my hairdressing friend of 3 decades. I hope you are at peace beautiful girl Blessings to you all at this sad time🙏🌟💫❤️

Lovey Macione (Froes)

December 20, 2020

Jana, I am glad I got to tell you this while you were alive: that I always remember what a sweet kid you were and that I was rooting for you. I am sorry for any pain you faced in life. I hope that now you are now flying through the universe, light and free. To Jana's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't know how you feel but even the little bit I can imagine hurts, a devastating loss. She was wonderful. I am glad that you have one another to lift one another up. My condolences.


December 20, 2020

I will always remember you, and you will always hold a special place in my broken heart.

Robin Pishkin

December 20, 2020

Jana, I know God holds you close to his heart now. You were such a sweet loving woman. I enjoyed my time working with you at pro cuts in Dennis. I used to love seeing your face when you came in, we would laugh and joke all day. I will never forget you and your sweet face and smile and kind words. Rest in sweet peaceful sleep. Your friend Robin ❤️🙏❤️

Melanie Beaulieu

December 20, 2020

When I first moved to “The Cape” from Long Island in 1990, my mom and I needed to find a new salon to go to. My mom used to get her hair colored and when she found as she said “THE PLACE” for us to go, I knew it was going to be good. That’s when I met Jana for the very first time at a salon in Brewster and oh boy did we hit it off! I ended up getting my nails done every 2 weeks and what should have taken an hour or so ended up being like 2 because we would be downstairs laughing so hard. I “followed” Jana to the other salons she worked at as well. Wow. What memories. Those are the moments I think about when I think of her kind spirit and that smile!!! This hurts. Not going to lie. Jana, you are forever in peace and I have been sending you guidance. To Jana’s family and friends, please know that you are all in my nightly prayers.

Raymond B Boudreau

December 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of you're passing may God and his Angel's watch over you and keep you safe!