A. Collins Al Jenko

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A. Collins "Al" Jenko

March 29, 1934 - March 09, 2019

A. Collins Al Jenko Rockport - A. Collins Jenko, "Al," passed away at home in Rockport, with his loving family at his side, on March 9, 2019. He was born on March 29, 1934, the son of Albina and Aloysius Jenko, of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The family fled their home in Slovenia as the former Yugoslavia became occupied by Italy, Germany and then Tito's communists. They were separated during and after the war, spending time in displaced persons camps in Italy and Austria. Eventually, they were reunited and sponsored to come to America, settling in Helena, MT, where much of Al's extended family still lives.

Al returned to Europe for medical school. During this time and after returning to the United States, he worked for the federal government and was a true Cold Warrior. He settled in Rockport where he became a political scientist, earning his Ph.D. from Boston University. He first taught and was chairman of the political science department at Boston State College and later political science professor and associate dean of continuing education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He enlightened, inspired and encouraged generations of college students and provided the greatest example of courage in hardship for all his family members.

Al leaves behind, in addition to his wife, Donna Jenko, four daughters, Suzanne Charland and husband Fred, Carolyn Kimmel and husband Mark, Lorraine Riley and husband Mike, and Andrea McKee and husband Brady; nine beautiful grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his first wife, Dorothy Anderson Jenko; two brothers and a grandchild.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester, will be held TODAY, March 11, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. His service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. March 12 at St. Joachim's Church, Broadway, Rockport, followed by burial in Locust Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Philanthropy Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805, directed to Department of Radiation Oncology.
Published on March 11, 2019
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Jon Morgan
Mar 12, 2019
God bless the family. The Morgan's in South Carolina are praying for all of y'all. Found this pic I took in August 1988. I think it's great. Wish I had more.
Thomas Sheldon MD
Mar 11, 2019
We send our deepest condolences, from Andrea's friends and colleagues at Radiation Oncology Associates. We see our patients struggle and pass each day. That never prepares us for this very personal loss. Al Jenko was a very special man, but he leaves behind a proud legacy in Andrea McKee MD.