Jane C. Cheney died peacefully at home on July 11, 2018 in Gaylord, Michigan at the age of 90, just a few weeks after the passing of her loving husband of 71 years, Howard Cheney. Jane is survived by her children; Craig (Susan) of Lapeer, Jan King of Gaylord and Scott (Connie) of Gaylord. Grandchildren Eric (Kami) Pierce, Jeremy (Margaret) Pierce, Heather (Brian) Heitman, Justin (Stephanie) King and Steven King. Great grandchildren Marley and Jane King, Connor, Bryn, Catelyn, Emily and Megan Pierce and Scarlett Heitman. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Howard Cheney, son-in-law Richard King of Gaylord and sister and brother-in-law Ken and Betty Kalina of Chicago.
Jane was born on August 18, 1927 in Marquette, Michigan, where she was delivered by her grandfather, Frederick McDonnel Harkin, M.D. , one of the founders of Marquette City Hospital. Jane graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan and also attended Michigan State University.
Jane married the love of her life, Howard, on March 1, 1947 in Chicago, shortly after the end of WWII. Jane and Howard spent their working life in Chicago and Southeast Michigan and moved to the Gaylord area in 1983 to enjoy their retirement years. Jane and Howard both embraced a real spirit for volunteerism, participating in many local service organizations. Jane enjoyed music (particularly piano and big bands), reading books and newspapers (loved Mitch Albom), bird watching, crossword puzzles, cribbage and pinochle. She was also an accomplished newspaper copy editor and enjoyed working at the Otsego County Library. Jane loved spending precious moments with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jane’s memorial will include visitation at Nelson’s Funeral Home on Saturday, July 21 starting at 10:00 am with a memorial service at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jane’s life. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.