Jeanne C. Roberts
Jeanne C. Roberts, 87, died Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Ridge Crest in Redding, CT following an acute stroke earlier in June. She resided in Wilton, CT for 48 years.
Jeanne was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 6, 1934 to the late Edward and Pauline Chmiel. She was the second of three daughters. Jeanne attended Battin High School in Elizabeth. In high school, she was an enthusiastic and gifted sports participant, playing softball and other sports. One of his favorite pastimes was catching pitches (in a glove stuffed with newspaper) thrown by his father Ed, a professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
After high school, Jeanne worked for 3 years in the marketing department of Union Center Bank in Union, NJ. Leaving the bank, she spread her wings and moved to the ski resort in Stowe, VT. Always an athlete and ready for anything, she briefly took up skiing where she earned the nickname “the ball”, due to her lack of turns combined with high speed. She worked in the resort office and was also responsible for any work that required attention to detail and finesse. She would still remember babysitting JFK Jr. and Caroline while the Kennedy family vacationed there.
Realizing her talent in the hospitality industry, her ability to put things together elegantly, and her exceptional customer service, Jeanne moved to the Balmoral Club in Nassau, Bahamas. At the Balmoral Club, Jeanne ran the Concierge/Activities Desk and was the go-to person responsible for arranging everything the esteemed guests wanted, ranging from scuba diving, fishing, restaurants, tennis, outings to the casino and many other adventures.
It was at the Balmoral Club in the mid-1960s that Jeanne met the love of her life, Michael Roberts of Royal Tunbridge Wells, England. Michael was the Balmoral Club’s sommelier and butler and the two fell in love. They married in Nassau, Bahamas and lived there for over five years. During this time, they welcomed their first child, Timothy.
From Nassau, the young family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where their second child, Andrew, was born. They moved to nearby Ridgefield, CT, and then eventually to Wilton, CT, which became their permanent home.
Jeanne was active in many Wilton activities: Wilton Little League coach, Little League board member, Wilton Lacrosse board member and proud member of her group of friends – “The Steel Magnolias”. She had a cottage industry making and painting tiny lacrosse players with custom jerseys, commandeered by lacrosse moms all over the Eastern Seaboard.
In 1994, heartbroken by the loss of her husband Michael, Jeanne became a paramedic and a member of the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corp. She also purchased “Wayside Exchange”, an antique and consignment shop in Wilton which she ran for 24 years, until April 2019. She loved her shop and made dear friends all over the East Coast and in England. One could always find tasteful furniture and decorations at reasonable prices in his shop. Jeanne was still at her desk, ready to talk about whatever was happening that day. She also took annual antique-shopping trips to England with her beloved sister Anne and their group of antique-dealing friends.
Jeanne was a devout Catholic and attended mass weekly at the Sacred Heart in Georgetown, where she served as Eucharistic minister. She loved her two sons and grandchildren disproportionately, whose activities she happily followed.
Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Michael, her parents and her sister, Barbara Kelly of Iselin, NJ. She is survived by her beloved sister Anne Lyon (Richard) of Chatham, NJ, her sons Timothy (Kari) of Wilton, CT and Andy (Amber) of New York, NY, as well as her grandchildren Mikey, Jill , Drew and Breck, and his three dear nephews (Rick, Peter and David Lyon) and their families. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family.
Friends will be able to welcome family on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church St. Georgetown (Wilton). A Christian Burial Mass will be held Friday, September 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Wilton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 234 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897, or using this link: http://wiltonambulance.org/donate-volunteer/support-us/
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Published by Wilton Bulletin on September 13, 2022.