Helen Jentz

Helen Jentz

January 17th, 1928 - September 3rd, 2020
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    Calverton National Cemetery
    210 Princeton Blvd
    CALVERTON, NY 11933
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    Leaving Funeral Home 10:30am Tuesday September 8, 2020

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Renée Collins

Posted at 04:14pm
My grandmother’s favorite artist was Frank Sinatra, but in my early twenties at the height of my record collecting she asked me if I could find a song for her. She couldn’t remember the artist or song title, but could sing a few lines of the lyrics. She said it was one of her favorites and would love to hear it again. Off I went on a search, scouring through the record stores picking the employees’ brains, and managed to find a 45 vinyl single of it for her. I think I made a cassette recording for her as well. It was something we shared that simultaneously made me feel closer to her, and curious of her mysteries.

Wildflower by Skylark
She's faced the hardest times, you could imagine
And many times her eyes fought back the tears
And when her youthful world, was about to fall in
Each time her slender shoulders
Bore the weight of all her fears
And a sorrow no one hears
Still rings in midnight silence, in her ears
Let her cry, for she's a lady (she's a lady)
Let her dream, for she's a child (child)
Let the rain fall down upon her
She's a free and gentle flower, growing wild
And if by chance I should hold her (if by chance that I should hold her)
Let me hold her for a time (let me hold her for a time)
But if allowed just one possession
I would pick her from the garden, to be mine
(I would pick her from the garden, to be mine)
Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken
And sleep's the only freedom that she knows
And when you walk into her eyes, you won't believe
The way she's always paying
For a debt she never owes
And a silent wind still blows
That only she can hear and so she goes
Let her cry, for she's a lady
Let her dream, for she's a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She's a free and gentle flower, growing wild
Let her cry, for she's a lady (she's a lady)
Let her dream, for she's a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She's a free and gentle flower, growing wild
She's a flower growing wild

Renée Collins

Posted at 11:37am
Helen Eve Jentz (née Currie) of Selden, New York passed away peacefully on Thursday September 3rd, 2020 with family by her side. She was 92. Helen was born January 17, 1928 in Englewood, NJ. Helen grew up in New Jersey, lived in Florida for a time, but spent most of her life on Long Island, working and raising her family. As a young woman Helen worked at the Empire State Building, and was present the day that a B-25 bomber accidentally crashed into the famous skyscraper. She also had a long career at the New York State Department of Transportation.

She and her husband Henry enjoyed cruises, and she traveled to visit with family across the United States. Helen loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, card games and a hot cup of tea. She read the newspaper daily. Helen loved movies both classic and contemporary, and her favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Helen was lovingly known as Lambie by her friends and family, and as Hon by her husband whom she called Hen in return.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Henry Joseph Jentz, her brother Harold Robert Currie, her son Gary Harring, and her grandson Richard Ilardi. She is survived by her children Eileen Ilardi and her husband Robert, Dianne Danek, William Jentz and his wife Monica, Joseph Jentz, and her daughters-in-law Jayne Jentz and Victoria Harring. Her surviving grandchildren are Renée, Helen, Robert, Russell, Brandon, Krystal, Kelley, Sara, Allison, Jason, Jacqueline, and Zachary. Her surviving great grandchildren are Phoebe, Amelia, Amy, Richard, Travis, Lillee, James, Anthony, and Dominick.

We will always carry her memory in our hearts. May she rest in peace.
Please consider donating to a charity in her honor.

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