Obituary: Joanne (Gesek) Cheney


NAUGATUCK — Joanne (Gesek) Cheney, 68, wife of Roger A. Cheney, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital VITAS Unit surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Cheney was born in Waterbury, on June 13, 1947, daughter of the late Vincent and Grace Gesek. A longtime resident of Naugatuck, Joanne retired from Peter Paul Company after many years of service. She enjoyed watching golf and taking trips to the casino.

Besides her husband of 43 years, she is survived by her two sons, Keith and Mark Cheney, both of Naugatuck; her grandchildren, Logan, Kira, Madeline and Blake Cheney; her stepbrothers, Ronald and Harold Anderson; and several nieces and nephews. Joanne was also predeceased by her stepmother, Theresa Gesek; her sister, Irene Gesek Rotella; and her stepsister, Christine Vitarelli.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708.

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