Benjamin G. “Ben” Cheney

Feb 08, 1928 - Jun 20, 2021

age 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 20, 2021 at Rennes Health & Rehab Center-East. He was born on February 8, 1928 in Wabeno, WI to Curt and Mabel (Neuville) Cheney. He graduated from Wabeno High School class of 1946. He then continued his education at Kettering University (General Motors Institute of Technology) graduating with a B.S. Degree in business. He then returned to the family business in Wabeno, Cheney Motor Company. He finished his career working for the Federal Forest Service (Job Corps). On October 1, 1949 he married Nonabelle Hicok in Laona. They were together for 61 years and together they had two children Stephen and Paula. They loved their family of 6 grandkids and 5 great grandkids. They also loved their winters together in Florida and Dauphin Islands, Alabama. Ben enjoyed his dogs, golfing, fishing for walleyes and having a good time! He served on the Wabeno School Board for many years. Belonged to the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree) and was an active member of St. Ambrose Parish.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nonabelle; his mother Mabel; father Curt; sister Emy Lou; twin brother Joe; and his in-laws Al and Josephine Hicok.

Ben is survived by his two children: Paula (Jerry) Marciniak and Steve (Jan) Cheney; his grandchildren: Stephen (Ashley) Marciniak, Ashley (Dustin) Gaede, Ryan Marciniak, Kyle (Megan) Cheney, Kristin Cheney and Kelli (Billy) Forrest; and great grandchildren: Carter, Amara, Adelyn, Wynn and Charlie.

Visitation for Ben will be held at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Wabeno on Friday June 25, 2021 from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 pm (noon). Father Philip Dinh-Van-Thiep will officiate. Interment will follow in the St. Ambrose Catholic Cemetery.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Renaissance Assisted Living in Marinette and Heartland Hospice for taking such great care of Ben.

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Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting Ben’s family.

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday Jun 25, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (noon) at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (Wabeno) [map]


Friday Jun 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (Wabeno) [map]

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Guestbook Entries

Shellie Hicok-Plourde and Gerry Plourde

Stephen, Paula and Families, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Ben was such a special man. So blessed he can be with his loving wife, Aunt Nonabelle.

Gary Lynwood

Sorry to hear about your dad Steve and Paula, you have our condolences, from Gary & Amber Lynwood.

Gregg & Donna Lowe

So sorry for your loss. Ben was a nice man, he will be missed and we’ll keep you in our prayers.

Connie Glasl Fuller

our heart felt sympathy for the passing of your father. So many memories from the old neighborhood...we were so lucky to have such wonderful parents. I don't know if you know this, Steve & Paula, but your parents were the god parents for my youngest brother Steven. We all hope that our paths will cross again. Fondly, The Lois Glasl Family (Lois, Mike, Pat, Connie & Steven)

Val Johnson

Steve, my sincere condolences on your Dad's passing. RIP, Ben.

Joanne Powell

Paula, so sorry to hear of your father passing on. He will continue to send you messages in many different ways now. May your family find peace and comfort in each other as you gather to celebrate his long life! Your Pacelli family grieves with you!

Ken and Ilene Messenger

We are sorry for your family’s loss. Ben was always so friendly to the kids. You must have so many wonderful memories!