Unexpectedly. Son of the late Richard R. and Rita (Rejent) Jenczka.
Brother of Ann Marie (Jack) Caldiero.
Uncle of Alex (Jenny), Drew (Kara), Nichola (Sarah), Dylan and Faith Caldiero.
Dear friend and companion of Jack Whiting.
A Memoral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 am at St Philip the Apostle Church 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga.
A Musical Tribute is scheduled for August 1st. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald R. Jenczka Musician Scholarship Fund. Information for both can be found at O’Connell & Company facebook page or www.O’ConnellandCompany.com
Don will be so missed by us. He brought joy to our church and inspired children to sing! Don play those amazing hymns and sing with the angels. You are missed so dearly. Angela Gabby and Brian
I have known Don since he first accompanied the Kalina Chorus decades ago. Since then he has accompanied and directed us often. I speak for our chorus when I say he will be sorely missed.. Don had a gift of music that he shared with all of us. His talent and joyful personality will be remembered and treasured.
In my very first year of teaching at St Joseph’s Collegiate Donny came along as was immediately an extraordinary pianist and musician. He was extremely humble about his gifts, which were extraordinary, and served the theater community, churches, and many venues with a quiet confidence and in gratitude. He worked very long hours working for his very best as the best he could be for others, I know we will all miss him so very much: he was the quiet one that enjoyed seeing others perform with excellence and enjoyed so much being a major supporting member of the community. Quiet and a powerful talent, this is a great loss.
Don was a musical brother to me. His immense musical ability and joyous personality made him one of a kind. To say I will miss him is insufficient, but it is all I have. Don, it was a honor and a privilege to know you and sing with you.. You are loved and missed always.
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I can’t imagine mass at St. Phillip’s without him.
Our time together especially as DOSU and so much music and joy lives on in my heart as does Donny’s spirit and sense of adventure.
I knew Don from St Casimirs choir in the 80’s. May be rest in peace My condolences to his family.
I thoroughly enjoyed singing and playing the guitar with Donny at St. Philip’s. He was a very thoughtful man and very good at bringing out the best in people. I extend my condolences to his family.
I worked with Don doing Chess in Concert & then Hairspray. He was a talented musician & had a terrific personality. I will miss him & will pray for Don & his family.
Donny was just such a special person. Singing with him was as easy as breathing. He played seemingly without effort. I’ll miss his kindness, his support, his jokes, his stories. Christmas Eve will never be the same: I was one of his theater community choir members – we were a small but singularly dedicated group, showing up year after year, whatever Church he was at. We came because we loved Donny so much and wanted to give him back just a fraction of what he gave us).
I know he’s playing up there. Save us some songs dear friend. My deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Don, especially his family.
I was fortunate to work with Donny many times in theater and church settings. He was a master pianist and would awe us with his abilities. He didn’t seem to need the music and had risen above the ink decades ago. He would say, come in whenever you’re ready and until then everything sounded perfectly rehearsed and planned.