Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -


Born on De­cem­ber 20, 1923 in Glad­beck, Ger­many, passed away on Au­gust 5, 2017 in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Syd­ney, NS.

She was the only daugh­ter of Karl and Mary (Ha­jek) Ch­e­sal, both of Cze­choslo­vakia, which prompted her to some­times re­fer to her­self as a Bo­gus Czech. She im­mi­grated to Canada with her fam­ily in 1923, set­tling in River He­bert where she grew up.

Af­ter high school, her first job was at the Blue Bird Restau­rant in Amherst. It was while she was work­ing there that she met and fell in love with Stan­ley Hicks. My dad of­ten told me that it was love at first sight. They were mar­ried January 20, 1943 in River He­bert.

The fol­low­ing year they moved to Scotch­town, Cape Bre­ton where they lived for 63 years.

Be­sides be­ing busy rais­ing five chil­dren (born in a span of eight years), shop­ping for bar­gains to make ends meet, walk­ing ev­ery­where she went, she was ac­tive in the com­mu­nity and con­tin­u­ously learn­ing new skills.

She served as Vice Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary for the Home and School As­so­ci­a­tion and on the School Board all the years that her chil­dren at­tended Scotch­town Me­mo­rial School. Dur­ing this time she learned short­hand and typ­ing to as­sist with her as­sign­ments.

She was an ac­tive mem­ber of Calvin United Church WA (Womens As­so­ci­a­tion), and ran a Sun­day School pro­gram in Scotch­town.

She was on the ex­ec­u­tive of the New Water­ford Hand­craft Guild and cro­cheted hun­dreds of doilies, ta­ble cloths, sweaters and afghans.

She was an avid bird watcher and gar­dener, a Life­time Mem­ber and Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of the New Water­ford Gar­den Club. She spent count­less hours and got great joy in turn­ing her back­yard into a lovely flower gar­den.

She was an artist. She loved to paint and was the Pres­i­dent of the New Water­ford Art Coun­cil.

She loved po­etry, jour­nal­ing and was an amaz­ing record keeper. She loved to laugh, was a won­der­ful cook, home­maker, mother and friend. She will long be re­mem­bered for her prize win­ning smile and happy coun­te­nance.

She was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents; her only brother, Tony Ch­e­sal, and the love of her life, Stan.

She is sur­vived and greatly loved by her chil­dren, Karl (Kerry), Do­min­ion, Tony (Judy) High Level, AB, Don (Faye) Pic­tou, June (Lorne) Fur­long, Truro, Linda (Rick) Wat­son, Rus­tico, PE; six nieces and neph­ews; 20 grand­chil­dren; 38 great grand­chil­dren, and one great-great grand­daugh­ter.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Her Life will be held for fam­ily and friends on Septem­ber, 30, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 380 Smith St., New Water­ford.

A pri­vate fam­ily in­ter­ment for both Jean and Stan will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the char­ity of your choice.

At this time, we would like to thank her friends and staff at Wil­lis­ton House and Park­land who have made her last few years so com­fort­able and en­joy­able; and a very spe­cial thank you to her break­fast buddies who bright­ened ev­ery morn­ing.

On­line con­do­lences to the fam­ily may be ex­pressed at www.vjm­cgillivray.ca.

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