In Memory of
Jean Ellen

Obituary for Jean Carnes

Clinton-Jean Ellen (Hastings) Carnes, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday December 23, 2017. She is preceded in her death by far too many, including her beloved husband John R. Carnes, Sr., her oldest daughter, Kathy Lanni, her first granddaughter, Jessica Marie Carnes, of whom she missed dearly, and her lifelong friend Susan Franco. She is survived by her son, John R. Carnes, Jr. and his wife Lea of Worcester; and two daughters, Suzanne Carnes Bailey; and Kerrie Carnes Salwa and her husband Seth, all of Clinton; grandchildren: David, Jordan & Madelyn Carnes, Elizabeth O’Malley, Joshua Grigsby, Abby & Natalie Salwa; 9 great-grandchildren: Parker, Ashlyn & Aubrey Carnes, Avery, Rorey, Raegan & Harrison O’Malley, McKenna & Savannah Grigsby. She leaves her sister, Linda Hughes of Duxbury; two brothers and their wives, Bernard Hastings & Winnie, and James Hastings & Carmen, all of Clinton. She was sadly preceded in death by but very much looking forward to reuniting with two siblings, John “Jackie” Hastings and Marie “Cookie” Baer.
Jean was born and raised on Greeley Hill to the late Bernard and Helen (Connelly) Hastings. She graduated from Clinton High School Class of 1959 and soon after met and married her loving husband of nearly 50 years. Jean worked for several companies before ultimately retiring from Continental Cablevision in Clinton, but the best job she ever had was at Barney’s Market on High Street. She was an active life member of St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton where she attended daily Mass. She held membership with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Clinton Hospital Guild. She enjoyed reading, knitting and watching movies. The only thing she loved more than her family, ice cream, and Blue Bloods, was being a Clintonian. She was known for her combination of strength, faith, and extremely quick wit. To know Jean was to love her and to say she will be greatly missed would be a vast understatement. Funeral Services are to be held on Friday December 29, 2017 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water Street, Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 4 until 7PM. The family would like to thank the staff at Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice for the tireless care and comfort that they provided to Jean in her final days, and request that memorial contributions may be made in her name to: Nashoba Nursing & Hospice, 3 Patterson Road, Suite 3, Shirley, MA, 01464. Online condolences may be placed at