Dee Jenzano Loved This Community

By / Letters to the Editor / Saturday, 04 March 2017 05:00

There are selfless people who are not merely satisfied to live in a community. They choose instead to root and immerse themselves in positively shaping their surroundings by leaving something behind that is much greater than what they found.
Edith “Dee” McCarthy Bolden Jenzano   lived her life quietly in the service of others while never seeking accolades or adoration for her dedication to mankind and community.  The much loved and respected community leader lost her brave battle with illness on February 19th, 2017, the day after her 74th birthday.
If you were to name the charitable events, organizations, or improvement projects that have taken place in Carolina Beach or on the island for that matter, it is probable that Dee had her hands in it somehow. From the many festivals such as Beach Music which she helped to create and champion from its inception in the 80’s, the Chowder Cook Off, Spring Festival, Walk Of Art, Island Day and others to the Farmers Market, Fourth of July fireworks, gazebo entertainment and the Christmas By the Sea Event where she could be found each year doing crafts with the children, Dee was there championing the cause. Dee was a dedicated, determined, mover and shaker who served with the Pleasure Island Merchants,
Boardwalk Association, Citizens for progress, Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee and the Katie B. Hines Senior Center to whom she gave a passenger van in 1984, Her gift enabled the seniors to take trips and provided transportation to grocery shopping and doctor appointments. In addition Dee donated her time to computer tutor, printing fliers   and creating a monthly calendar of events held on the island for media use and for promotion of the island.
Possibly the first clue of Dee’s uniqueness, willingness to negotiate challenges and her destiny to live off the Frying Pan Shoals, on Pleasure Island came at the age of ten.  Dee had a pet monkey named frying pan due to it sleeping in one aboard the ship coming to America.  Dee had a northern upbringing and a southern soul.  Born to Winifred and Jerry McCarthy in Brooklyn N.Y.  Dee was the eldest sister to Kathy (Knesel) and Dottie (Tighe). She never lost her big city moxie, which she exhibited by purchasing the large, old, Royal Palm in the early 80’s with then husband Vince Bolden. It was rumored to have cost over a million dollars to renovate. It re opened as the Hotel Astor and Pet Horse Lounge in June 1984.
 Dee’s dedication to community was only eclipsed by her love and dedication to her family. In 1994, she married best friend and love of her life, Anthony (Tony) Jenzano who preceded her in death by 7 months.  She honed her organizational skills raising her 4 children, son Ralph L Bradley and daughter
Jaquelynn D Longiell, both of which preceded her in death as well as son Glen G Bradley, daughter Christine L Vancleave who remain to treasure her memory. In addition, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grand children with whom the fierce woman shared her happiest moments survive Ms. Jenzano.
Dee Jenzano loved this community and this community will miss her.
A celebration of life will be held this Sunday March 5th from 11:30 am until 2:30 Pm at the American Legion  located on Bridge Barrier Road in Carolina Beach, N. C.
Lynne Denne,
Carolina Beach, NC


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