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Ernest "Ernie" John Carnaghi

November 7, 1938 — December 1, 2021

Ernest J. Carnaghi "Ernie", age 83, of Herrin, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Helia Health Care in Energy, Illinois.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at San Carlo Cemetery with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with arrangements.


Ernie was born November 07, 1938 in Herrin, Illinois, a son of Caesar and Theresa Carnaghi (Columbo) Sr. He graduated Herrin High School in 1956. He joined the US Army, serving from 1962-1965.

He married Jeanne Gossett on November 06, 1968 in Decatur, AL. He worked at A&P in Herrin then at Boren IGA in Carbondale. He was hired with the US Postal Service working as a Sorter at the Carbondale Post Office, until his retirement. Ernie was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and LA Dodgers fan. He had bowled in several bowling leagues at Herrin Bowl.

He is survived by three children, Carmen Y. (Patrick) Chiaventone of Herrin, IL, Mary J. Cook of FL, and Scott Cook of Johnston City, IL; five grandchildren, Jamie Chiaventone, Kristen (Bryce) Button , Layton Chiaventone (Fiancee Samantha Harper), Bo (Clair) Carnaghi , and Heather Cook; and his Great Grandchildren, Kylie Button, and Olivia Button.

He is preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Carnaghi (Gossett); his parents, and five siblings, Mario "Mike" Carnaghi, Caesar Carnighi Jr., Louis "Vi" Carnaghi, Pauline Kovach, and Charlotte Carnaghi.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948

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