Adam Jentilet

Adam Jentilet

July 6, 1927 - February 29, 2020
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Adam Jentilet, 92, a 53-year resident of Davidsonville and previously of Glen Burnie, MD, passed away peacefully on February 29, 2020. Born on July 6, 1927, in Detroit, MI to the late James and Jennie Jentilet, Adam graduated from St. Anthony High School in Detroit. He served his country in the U.S. Army then attended the University of Detroit where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Adam enjoyed a long and fulfilling career with Westinghouse, retiring in 1989.
Adam was a man of many interests and talents. He enjoyed singing, playing harmonica (“mouth organ”), reciting poems and telling stories, especially to his children and grandchildren. He loved to push them on the swing while singing his favorite song, “Would You Like to Swing on a Star”. Adam was a skilled woodworker too. He designed and built three houses for himself and his growing family. He also built furniture and constructed several handmade pieces for his church that are still used today. A humble and generous man, Adam was very active in the Boy Scouts and Habitat for Humanity. One of his greatest passions was serving his church where he was as a Eucharistic Minister, Religious Education Coordinator and teacher, lector and served on the Pastoral Council and the Building Committee in the late 1980s. His first love though was his family and spending time with them.
In addition to his parents, Adam was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Doris Owen Jentilet who died in 2016; one brother, Jimmy Jentilet; three sisters, Doris Dixon and Minnie and Joann Jentilet; and a son-in-law, Joe Mahony. He is survived by two sons, Douglas Jentilet of Knoxville, TN and Mark Jentilet of Millersville, MD; four daughters, Mary Jentilet of Davidsonville, Kathleen Mahony of Westminster, MD, Diane (Yuri Rosenberg) Jentilet of Bethesda, MD, and Jean (Vickie Galloway) Jentilet of Apex, NC; one brother, Nazarie Jentilet and one sister, Mary Thomas, both of Michigan; eight grandchildren, Ashley (Scott) Hoefer, Samantha Ritts, Heather Jentilet, Jessica (David Vo) Jentilet, Sarah Jentilet, Meghan Mahony, and Rachel and Nathan Rosenberg; and one great-granddaughter.
Friends are invited to celebrate Adam’s life with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Burial will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2305 N. Charles Street, Ste. 300, Baltimore, MD 21218 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21228.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting the link on this page.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 10:30am
    Holy Family Catholic Church- Davidsonville
    826 W. Central Avenue
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Mary Ann Malitz

Posted at 02:55pm
Dear Mary and family,
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father, Adam. He was my Mentor in the Religious Education Program when I first came to Holy Family in 1981. He was very kind man and his love of God was always so obvious to me. I felt very empowered by your father's advice when I started to teach CCD. Adam was always available to share ideas on the Religious Education Program. Not only was he my Mentor but he was a friend and my life was greatly BLESSED because Adam was my friend.

mary robinson

Posted at 01:12pm
Dear Mary and family, I had the privilege of knowing Adam as a very kind and generous man at our parish of Holy Family. Adam truly was one of the very loyal and dedicated founding fathers of Holy Family. He made sure the CDC program was working even when we had no gathering space or classrooms for the children. He made ambos for the church and stands for the classrooms--he lovingly and faithfully set up the chapel EVERY DAY for mass. As his sight started to become a problem he trained some of us "not to replace him" but to carry on his work. His dedication to his God, parish and family were on display for all. Thank you so much for sharing him with us. God bless and I know he is in his Eternal Reward. Mary Robinson

Diane Posted at 01:37pm

Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and kind thoughts. I remember the days well of Dad overseeing the Sunday School program before there were any classrooms. He had to get very creative. :)

Mary Posted at 09:42am

Thank you, Mary. Your words to me, personally, and your memories here, mean so much to us. Holy Family was a very special place for Dad from the moment he stepped foot in the Chapel all those years ago. He was an amazing man.

The Steppe's

Posted at 07:36am
The Steppe family would like to send our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time to Mark and the entire Jentilet family.
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Diane Posted at 01:25pm

What a lovely thing to do, Dad would love that. Thanks so much for your kindness.

Mary Posted at 09:47am

What a wonderful idea! I'm sure Dad will keep on eye on and nurture that tree forever! Thank you!

Loretta, Mike Jr. Tim and Doug

Posted at 06:53pm
Adam, God Bless you and your wonderful family! May you rest in peace in God's gentle hands, Please say hello to Mike Sr and Tina! Love, Kelly Family
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Vickie Rankin

Posted at 01:36pm
Mary and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was an amazing man! So very talented, kind and generous. He will be missed by many. Praying for your family at this time, Vickie, Bart and Brandie

Diane Posted at 01:31pm

Vickie - I met your husband at the viewing but did not get a chance to meet you. Thanks to you both for your kind words and for coming to the viewing and services. It was very much appreciated.

Mary Posted at 09:55am

Vickie - As usual, your words, actions, and thoughts are treasured. Thank you.

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