Created: April 28, 2021 04:56 PM
Spc. Abigail Rose “Abby” Jenks, 20, of Challedon Drive , died Monday, April 19, 2021 during a static line training jump from a helicopter. She was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.
Born on November 18, 2000 in Pensacola, FL, Abby was the daughter of Mary Jenks and Anthony Taglianetti. She grew up in the Greenfield-Saratoga area. Abby participated in 4-H and had a passion for animals.
She was a 2018 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and then enlisted in the US Army. She was a fire support specialist serving as a forward observer with the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
“Spc. Abigail Jenks was a creative, hardworking, and confident paratrooper,” said Army Capt. Brian Norman, who commanded Jenks’ artillery battery. “Her love for art, animals, and her friends reverberated wherever she worked, [and] her compassion for fellow paratroopers will be truly missed.”
She was an accomplished artist and tattoo artist.
Abby was engaged to be married to her Fiancé Sgt. Shane Allen Warren Grant of Fort Bragg, NC.
She also leaves her loving mother Mary E. Jenks and her companion Gary Tator (who was like a father to Abby) of Wilton; a brother David J. Jenks of Missouri, Esther J. Jenks and Anthony R. Jenks both of Wilton; Grandparents Loren and Susan Jenks of Greenfield Center and Anthony and Sharon Taglianetti of Virginia; great grandmother Shirley Coonradt of Wilton; and an uncle Chris Jenks, MD of Oklahoma.
Her great-grandfather William Coonradt pre-deceased her.
Funeral Services with Full Military Honors will be held at 11am Saturday, May 1 at Wilton Baptist Church, 755 Saratoga Road (Rte. 9), Wilton, NY. A calling hour will be held from 10am to 11am Saturday May 1 at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at 1:00pm Sunday, May 2, at Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield, NY.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs.
To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.compassionatefuneralcare.com.
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