GREENFIELD - Albert Edward Jenest, age 99, of Greenfield, passed away at his residence on July 13, 2013, with family by his side. A decorated WW-II United States Army officer; he personified what has been called ""The Greatest Generation."" Born in Franklin, MA on Dec. 6, 1913, he lived most of his adult life in Greenfield.
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His military service during WW-II included action in Normandy, France, where he was a 1st Lieutenant and Tank Commander in the 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored (Spearhead) Division, commanded by General Rose. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Normandy Campaign.
He was the Sealer of Weights and Measures in Greenfield before being appointed the supervisor of Sealers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Western Massachusetts. He retired from the Department of Standards after 23 years of service in 1975.
He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and was formerly head usher at the church.
His life's pleasures, especially in his Golden Years, included frequent family gatherings, lots of reading, traveling to Normandy with his five sons, attending his military reunions, visiting the National WW-II Memorial, holding high the NHL Stanley Cup, and always cheering for his Boston Red Sox.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Elsie, Homer, Mary, Harriet, John, Lorraine and Charles.
Survivors include Frances Strecker Jenest, his loving wife and companion for over 71 years; sister-in-law, Marjorie Jenest (Davidson, NC); brother-in-law, Daniel Dunne (Butner, NC).
He leaves five sons: Edward Jenest and his wife Vicki (Asheville, NC); John Jenest (Greenfield, MA); Alan Jenest and his wife Helen (Milton, MA); Douglas Jenest and his wife Nancy (Bald Head Island, NC) and Charles Jenest and his wife Debra (Dedham, MA).
His nine wonderful grandchildren include: Craig Jenest, Amy Maidment (and her husband Paul), Peter Jenest, Sara Jenest, Mike Jenest, Bethany Jenest, Mark Jenest, Matthew Jenest and Abby Jenest. His two adorable great-grandchildren are Tyler Willey and Ryan Jenest.
His extended family includes David Finkelstein and daughters, Sydney and Lisa, and Sharon Nelson and her husband Timothy, and their daughter Olivia, and Kimberly Barrett and William Barrett.
His family appreciates all in this community who were faithful friends and colleagues, and those who have assisted him in so many ways during his lifetime and especially during his later years.
A special thanks to Cynthia Rose, whose unending compassionate care is a blessing. She is part of his family and is the daughter they never had.
The Rite of Burial will be conducted on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint James Episcopal Church. Following the church service, interment will take place at Green River Cemetery, 256 Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Saint James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780, a charity that supports injured veterans.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield.
Published in The Recorder on July 16, 2013
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