Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Personal Note

Some of you may be aware of the situation, but many of you are not, so I thought I'd post this to my blog and elsewhere to let folks know. After a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer, my father, Thomas L. Jentz, passed away on December 29. His memorial service took place this past weekend.

Initially, 3.5 years ago, the doctors gave my father an estimate of just a few months to live and he started to prepare for it at that time. Due to interventions and treatments from specialists at Georgetown Hospital and John Hopkins, he was able to far outlive those initial projections. But in the last few months of 2012, his liver started to fail and he ran out of treatment alternatives.

His wish was that his work on WWII German tanks be continued. His business partner, Hilary L. Doyle, will continue on publishing the Panzertracts publications. You can find out more at: http://panzertracts.com/.

He elected to be at home with hospice care for the last weeks of his life. In that period, many colleagues, friends, and family members were able to visit with him and say their good-byes.

While this was happening, I tried to keep the Washington Gardener publications and events mostly on schedule and will be playing a bit of catch up with some of our back paperwork in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have sent their condolences and support to me and my family.

6 comments:

HecateDemeter said...

Sending very warm thoughts your way. May the Goddess guard him. May he find his way to the Summerlands. May his friends and family know peace.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers!

WashingtonGardener said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Kathy,

I am with you in spirit for sure. I would like for you to share wth me the plant that best represent your Dad so that I can provide it to you to plant in your garden in his honor. Please let me know. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

Teri Speight said...

It is Teri....not anonymous...

WashingtonGardener said...

Thank you, Teri. Let me think on that plant choice a bit and I'll get back to you directly.