Once you request the services of Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.
H. William Carpenter, a third generation member of the family, joined the firm after serving in the U. S. Marine Corps after WWII. He later graduated from Bryant College in 1951 and reentered the Marine Corps for the Korean Conflict. He graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1953 and has been licensed since 1954.
Bill is a Past President of the former Cranston General Hospital, Past Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Greater Providence YMCA and a member of the Cranston Hall of Fame. He is married to Joyce (Barton) and has three children, Karen Grover, Craig W. Carpenter, and Todd B. Carpenter, and four grandchildren. Bill currently serves as a Vice-President of the firm.
Stephen E. Carpenter, son of the late Linn. M. Carpenter, Jr. is a fourth generation member of the family joining the firm after graduating from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1971. Stephen is a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons for Rhode Island, a Past Potentate/CEO of the Rhode Island Shriner's and served as Deputy for Scottish Rite Masons of R.I.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Learning Centers for Dyslexia, and is a member of Kent County Hospital Corporation. Stephen is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, and Chairman of the State of Rhode Island Mass Fatality Committee. He is married to Eileen (Corrigan) and they have six children, Lindsay, Sean, Lisa, Shannon, Michael and Christopher, and 14 grandchildren. He is currently serving as Vice- President of the firm.
Craig W. Carpenter, CFSP, son of H. William Carpenter is a fourth generation member of the family joining the firm after graduating from Bryant College and New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1983.
Craig is a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, President of Norwood Baptist Church, Vice President of the R.I. Funeral Trust, former Vice President of the Coventry Little League, member of the Board of Directors Pawtuxet Valley Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Rhode Island State Board of Examiners for Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He is married to Susan (Major) and has two children Lauren and Kyle. Craig is currently serving as President of the firm.
Carl R. Olausen started his career in funeral service with his apprenticeship at Carpenter-Jenks in 1959. He graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy and Bryant College receiving his license in 1962. After working in other Rhode Island Funeral Homes Carl was employed at Rhode Island Hospital as a Purchasing Assistant.
In 1974 Carl became the owner and President of the Ray O. Page Funeral Home in Providence, which later became the Page-Olausen Funeral Home. In September of 2004 Carl completed the circle returning to Carpenter-Jenks as an associate and director.
Carl has been married to Elizabeth Covill Olausen since 1965and resides in Hope Valley. They have two children Kurt R. Olausen and Amy O. Foreman and two grandchildren Jacob Olausen and Cally Foreman.
Christopher J. DiIorio graduated from North Providence High School in 1996. Chris entered funeral service in 2003 after working at Gian Carlos Restaurant in Woonsocket and graduated from the Funeral Institute of the North East in 2005 where he served on the Student Body and a member of the fist Alumni Association. He joined Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director in September 2005.
He has been a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, the son of Eileen Carpenter, the late Michael P. DiIorio, Sr. and step-son of Stephen Carpenter. Chris resides at the Funeral Home in West Warwick with his wife Roxie and their daughter Reagan. He is the (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Hazard Officer for the Funeral Home.
Chris is a member of the Rhode Island Disaster and Mass Fatality Committee for the State of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island and National Funeral Directors Association's. Chris is currently serving as Treasurer of the firm.
Our Continuing Care Coordinator is Sue Carpenter. Sue’s passion for caring for families in grief grew from the sudden death of her mother. Understanding the difficult transitions families must go through in the first year of grief, we believe that our care should not end with the final arrangements. Sue is responsible for sending our Continuing Care Series books to the families we serve throughout their first year of grief. Sue recently graduated from the Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Comprehensive Bereavement Skill Training.
Sue coordinates our holiday Time of Remembrance service in which we invite all the families we served over the past year to come back to the funeral home for a non-denominational service recognizing that all of these families will be struggling to get through that first Christmas gathering without their loved one. Families find this time to be healing and uplifting as well as supportive. Sue also oversees our Pursuit of Excellence program. This is a national program that Carpenter-Jenks participates in that requires extraordinary efforts in the areas of continuing education, community support, library and media resources, technical skills, and public relations.
Sue graduated from Warwick Veteran’s Memorial High School in 1981 and went on to earn an Associate in Science degree from Community College of Rhode Island. She has worked in the financial and legal fields before joining the staff at Carpenter-Jenks. She is an active member of Norwood Baptist Church in Warwick serving as Clerk of the Church, and the former Secretary of the Coventry Little League.. She now makes her home in Coventry with her husband Craig and their two children Lauren and Kyle.
Corinne R. Lapastora, graduated from Coventry High School and Rhode Island College. She was an Elementary School Teacher before going to the Art Department of Cornucopia Natural Foods. She came to Carpenter-Jenks in 1999 to handle Computer Data Entry and Specialty Memorial Printing. Her computer expertise has allowed families to customize and personalize Prayer Cards, Acknowledgement Cards, Memorial Records, Service Bulletins with photo's, poems and personal reflections.
Corinne is a member and President of the Women's Group of Cornerstone Of Faith United Methodist Church of Coventry. She and her husband Jim who is a Design Engineer for EMC Technologies of Fall River reside in West Warwick.