Jeane Heffernan Sykora
2 January, 1947 – 10 July, 2021
Jeane Heffernan Sykora of Marietta, Georgia, died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 10, 2021, after a long battle with lymphoma. The youngest of four children, she was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Dr. William Phelan Heffernan and Margaret Meagher Heffernan. She attended Saint Clement School in Medford, Massachusetts, and Bentley College of Accounting in Boston. She began her career at the Prudential in Boston, where she met her future husband. Together they moved to New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Georgia (twice!), where Jeane was always quick to get involved in the community and with her children’s schools and activities.
She was known for her kindness, compassion, sense of humor, and hilarious stories told in her unforgettable Boston accent. Before she became ill, she loved working at Shallowford Animal Hospital, and found comfort there after the sudden death of her youngest son. For many years prior, she was a caregiver for the elderly, and had a special calling working with and advocating for Alzheimer’s and stroke patients. She was generous and welcoming, and her home was always open to friends and family. She is loved by all and will be missed terribly.
She had a strong faith and had been a seasoned volunteer with her church as a ChrisTeen mentor, Mercy Guild member, administrative volunteer, and anniversary planning committee member. While her children were in school, she was a homemaker and frequent volunteer with her neighborhood homeowners’ associations, PTA, and her children’s sports teams.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Jerry Sykora; her children, Lynne Sykora Unglo (Sam) of Roswell, Georgia; Brian Michael Sykora (Sarah) of Needham, Massachusetts; and Julie Sykora Cummings (Brad) of Marietta, Georgia; her three siblings, Paul Heffernan of Wakefield, Massachusetts; Elizabeth Beisheim of Norton, Massachusetts; and Mary Cashins of Reading, Massachusetts; many extended family members and friends; and her seven grandchildren: Luke and Caitlin Unglo of Roswell, Georgia; Alexandra and Nate Sykora of Needham, Massachusetts; and Chloe, Colin and Charlotte Cummings of Marietta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Mark Richard Sykora.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road; Roswell, GA 30076. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, 1815 Blackwell Rd., Marietta, GA 30066, followed by interment at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Highway, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.
Live streaming is available for those who are unable to attend the Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Jeane Sykora at: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://transfiguration.com/media/live-mass-stream/__;!!M2D_dUfSiN4E!ZcqPkBYd3cjcUaLR7-DQPiUucL3OqjbKMAmI-TiumrQCjuUhB8rvT9BQuVsY0BssjU7KyWquwQ$
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (lls.org) in memory of Jeane Sykora.
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Interment following the Mass
Jeane Heffernan Sykora
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9 August 2021
I met Jeanne shortly after moving to Roswell. Her daughter Lynne is my neighbor so she was often in our neighborhood at parties, the bus stop & more. From day one she was so welcoming to me . She had a way of making me feel comfortable & heard. Always a smile or kind word. I looked forward to seeing her at neighborhood gatherings, bus stop or kid events. I was hoping to see her again after the pandemic. I know where you get your kind heart & genuine thoughtfulness.
18 July 2021
Growing up our family was blessed to have a friend like Jeane and her family living across the street!
Being the fifth son, with a younger sister Mary, I always appreciated Jeane and her sisters were there to look out for my sister.
Jeane will forever be in our thoughts and prays.
Janet & Dan Armstrong
13 July 2021
Dear Lynne, Sam. Luke and Kayla-
You all have lost such a gem, we are so sorry for your family. Lynne, you were such a good daughter to her and you will always be grateful for the days spent together and what a great person she was.
May your memories be a blessing.
Love, Janet & Dan Armstrong
13 July 2021
My heart is broken learning of Jeanie's passing. She was my schoolmate since the 7th grade and we walked to school together for the next 5 years. She was always full of life and laughter. She was a positive person who always had good things to say about everyone. She was one of my bridesmaids and I have pictures of her that I will treasure forever. She was strong and courageous in her battle with cancer, and kept the faith during the many trials and treatments along the way. We are all better people for having known her in this life.
13 July 2021
I have known the two of you for as long as I can remember. It’s always a pleasure seeing you as I pass by in the neighborhood. A specific memory I remember is seeing you on Halloween. Both of you were always happy and smiling when the door was opened. When I received the news, I was extremely saddened. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you. If there is anything I can do, let me know. Much love. - Rachel Homoki
Roswell Funeral Home & Green Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
12 July 2021
The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Sykora Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.