Our staff's commitment to you

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.

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Craig W. Carpenter President, CFSP craig@carpenterjenks.com

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 an active member of Norwood Baptist Church, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Saint Elizabeth Community, Vice President of the R.I. Funeral Trust, former Vice President of the Coventry Little League, a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, a 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.

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Christopher J. DiIorio Licensed Funeral Director chris@carpenterjenks.com

Christopher J. DiIorio entered funeral service in 2003 and graduated from the Funeral Institute of the North East (FINE Mortuary College) in 2005 where he served on the Student Body and a member of the first Alumni Association. He joined Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director in September 2005. 

He is the (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Hazard Officer for the Funeral Home and is a member of: the Rhode Island Disaster and Mass Fatality Committee for the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island and National Funeral Directors Association's. Chris is currently serving as Treasurer of the firm and is a fifth generation funeral director.

Chris was a volunteer for the Rhode Medical Examiner's Office in the aftermath of the Station Nightclub Fire. He is currently a member of St. John's Lodge, Providence # 1 and the RI Shriners.

 

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Michaela Nisbet Licensed Funeral Director michaela@carpenterjenks.com

Michaela Nisbet is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island and Connecticut from which she brings several years of experience, and has also earned the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). She is a Rhode Island native, originally from Coventry and a 2001 graduate of Coventry High School. Michaela graduated from Briarwood College in 2005, earning her degree in Mortuary Science, where she was awarded Who’s Who among American Junior Colleges.  She moved back to Coventry, RI in 2013. Michaela and her husband Tom currently reside in Coventry and are raising their three children, Sophia, Olivia, and William.

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Jamie Jackson Licensed Funeral Director Jamie@carpenterjenks.com

Jamie is the newest member of the Carpenter-Jenks Staff.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude and as Salutatorian of the 2017 Fine Mortuary College graduating class.  Prior to attending mortuary college, Jamie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from George Washington University.  A Warwick native, Jamie graduated from Pilgrim High School and now makes her home just a short distance from the funeral home in West Warwick.

Jamie is following in her uncle Craig W. Carpenter's footsteps with her passion for caring for grieving families.  She is currently raising and training a soft-coated wheaten terrier named Henry who will be the Carpenter-Jenks grief therapy dog when his training is complete.

In her spare time Jamie volunteers for Saint Elizabeth Community's annual Rose Bids Gala and golf tournament fundraisers.  She is an avid skier and tennis player; but her favorite activity is spending time with her precious niece.

 

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Sue Carpenter Office Manager/Continuing Care Coordinator sue@carpenterjenks.com

Our Office Manager and Continuing Care Coordinator is President Craig W. Carpenter's wife 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. Besides managing the day-to-day operations of the office, Sue is responsible for overseeing the care to the families we serve throughout their first year of grief. Sue spent time in Fort Collins, CO at the Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Center for Loss and Life Transition in Comprehensive Bereavement Skills 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 administered our Pursuit of Excellence program which granted us two NFDA Eagle Awards for excellence in service to families. 

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 and Co-chairs the Saint Elizabeth Community annual Rose Bids Auction & Gala with Craig. She makes her home in Coventry with Craig and their son Kyle.  Craig and Sue's daughter Lauren now lives in Johnston with her husband Kyle Richards.

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Kathy Barclay Administrative Assistant Kathy@carpenterjenks.com

Kathy has called Rhode Island home for 20 years. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, her husband became pastor of Norwood Baptist Church, Warwick, RI in 1993, when they moved here.

Kathy’s expertise in database management along with her broad experience in ‘ever changing technology’ is a unique asset to Carpenter-Jenks. It is her capabilities along with her sincere caring for people that make Kathy a great fit here. Kathy serves on the Board of Ministry at Norwood Baptist Church and is also their Childcare Leader. She is married to the Rev. George Barclay. They have two sons.

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Linda Martin Administrative Assistant LMartin@carpenterjenks.com

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Alex Morse Crematory Operator

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Bill Newton Support Staff

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Bob Farrell Support Staff

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Karen Anderson Support Staff

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Michelle Perry Support Staff

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Pete Major Support Staff

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H. William Carpenter

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.

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Stephen E. Carpenter Former President of Carpenter Jenks

In memory of Stephen E. Carpenter - 1949-2013, Steve died on Dec. 26, 2013 after serving since 1995 as President of Carpenter Jenks. Son of the late Linn. M. Carpenter, Jr., Steve was a fourth generation member of the family who joined the firm after graduating from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1971. Stephen was 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.

Steve served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Learning Centers for Dyslexia, and was a member of Kent County Hospital Corporation. Stephen was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, and Chairman of the State of Rhode Island Mass Fatality Committee. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Corrigan), and their six children, Lindsay, Sean, Lisa, Shannon, Michael and Christopher, and 14 grandchildren.

Craig W. Carpenter

President, CFSP
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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 an active member of Norwood Baptist Church, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Saint Elizabeth Community, Vice President of the R.I. Funeral Trust, former Vice President of the Coventry Little League, a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, a 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.

Christopher J. DiIorio

Licensed Funeral Director
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Christopher J. DiIorio entered funeral service in 2003 and graduated from the Funeral Institute of the North East (FINE Mortuary College) in 2005 where he served on the Student Body and a member of the first Alumni Association. He joined Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director in September 2005. 

He is the (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Hazard Officer for the Funeral Home and is a member of: the Rhode Island Disaster and Mass Fatality Committee for the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island and National Funeral Directors Association's. Chris is currently serving as Treasurer of the firm and is a fifth generation funeral director.

Chris was a volunteer for the Rhode Medical Examiner's Office in the aftermath of the Station Nightclub Fire. He is currently a member of St. John's Lodge, Providence # 1 and the RI Shriners.

 

Michaela Nisbet

Licensed Funeral Director
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Michaela Nisbet is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island and Connecticut from which she brings several years of experience, and has also earned the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). She is a Rhode Island native, originally from Coventry and a 2001 graduate of Coventry High School. Michaela graduated from Briarwood College in 2005, earning her degree in Mortuary Science, where she was awarded Who’s Who among American Junior Colleges.  She moved back to Coventry, RI in 2013. Michaela and her husband Tom currently reside in Coventry and are raising their three children, Sophia, Olivia, and William.

Jamie Jackson

Licensed Funeral Director
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Jamie is the newest member of the Carpenter-Jenks Staff.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude and as Salutatorian of the 2017 Fine Mortuary College graduating class.  Prior to attending mortuary college, Jamie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from George Washington University.  A Warwick native, Jamie graduated from Pilgrim High School and now makes her home just a short distance from the funeral home in West Warwick.

Jamie is following in her uncle Craig W. Carpenter's footsteps with her passion for caring for grieving families.  She is currently raising and training a soft-coated wheaten terrier named Henry who will be the Carpenter-Jenks grief therapy dog when his training is complete.

In her spare time Jamie volunteers for Saint Elizabeth Community's annual Rose Bids Gala and golf tournament fundraisers.  She is an avid skier and tennis player; but her favorite activity is spending time with her precious niece.

 

Sue Carpenter

Office Manager/Continuing Care Coordinator
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Our Office Manager and Continuing Care Coordinator is President Craig W. Carpenter's wife 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. Besides managing the day-to-day operations of the office, Sue is responsible for overseeing the care to the families we serve throughout their first year of grief. Sue spent time in Fort Collins, CO at the Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Center for Loss and Life Transition in Comprehensive Bereavement Skills 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 administered our Pursuit of Excellence program which granted us two NFDA Eagle Awards for excellence in service to families. 

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 and Co-chairs the Saint Elizabeth Community annual Rose Bids Auction & Gala with Craig. She makes her home in Coventry with Craig and their son Kyle.  Craig and Sue's daughter Lauren now lives in Johnston with her husband Kyle Richards.

Kathy Barclay

Administrative Assistant
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Kathy has called Rhode Island home for 20 years. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, her husband became pastor of Norwood Baptist Church, Warwick, RI in 1993, when they moved here.

Kathy’s expertise in database management along with her broad experience in ‘ever changing technology’ is a unique asset to Carpenter-Jenks. It is her capabilities along with her sincere caring for people that make Kathy a great fit here. Kathy serves on the Board of Ministry at Norwood Baptist Church and is also their Childcare Leader. She is married to the Rev. George Barclay. They have two sons.

Linda Martin

Administrative Assistant
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Alex Morse

Crematory Operator
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Bill Newton

Support Staff
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Bob Farrell

Support Staff
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Karen Anderson

Support Staff
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Michelle Perry

Support Staff
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Pete Major

Support Staff
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H. William Carpenter

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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

Former President of Carpenter Jenks
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In memory of Stephen E. Carpenter - 1949-2013, Steve died on Dec. 26, 2013 after serving since 1995 as President of Carpenter Jenks. Son of the late Linn. M. Carpenter, Jr., Steve was a fourth generation member of the family who joined the firm after graduating from New England Institute of Anatomy in 1971. Stephen was 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.

Steve served on the Board of Directors for the Children's Learning Centers for Dyslexia, and was a member of Kent County Hospital Corporation. Stephen was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, and Chairman of the State of Rhode Island Mass Fatality Committee. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Corrigan), and their six children, Lindsay, Sean, Lisa, Shannon, Michael and Christopher, and 14 grandchildren.