John Francis Anthony Carnesi, 55, died peacefully at his parents' home on Feb. 20, 2013, as Father Michael Amesse, O.M.L, was offering the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral for the Happy Death of John through the intercession of St. Joseph.
John is survived by his sisters Mary Carnesi, Margaret Van Nostrand, Carol Vaughan (Charlie), and Phyllis Young (Curtis); his children Cody Joseph Carnesi and Andrew James Carnesi; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends - David, Hayward, Dwayne, Ben, Leon, Elliot, Johnny, and others who remain unnamed; by his beautiful, colorful, and often loud parrots, especially Sunny and Emmy; and by his dear friend whom he called "Sunshine" who through her tender love for him helped to restore his dignity and hope in life.
John was preceded in death by his baby brother Joseph, his older brother Anthony Carnesi Jr., and Anthony's little son Evan Michael; his father Anthony Carnesi Sr., his mother Dorothy Carnesi; and his dear friend Hank Vergott.
He helped so many of us, family and community, through his multiple talents in sound systems, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, painting, and through his creative ability to fix just about anything.
John loved the beach, barbecuing, and playing the guitar. Music was his life line. We will miss him.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Ernesto Cantu and Nurse Angela at the Brownsville Community Health Clinic for their continued love, care, and support for John; Greater Valley Hospice who came in the last two weeks of John's life with their professional and compassionate care for John who was dying of cancer; and his sister Margaret Van Nostrand who helped John go through all the hurdles a cancer patient faces. Margaret helped take care of John when he was a little boy and returned to that role in the last years of his life as he faced many challenges to his health.
John had one simple prayer that he often said in the midst of dark and uncertain times: JEZU UFAM TOBIE-Polish for Jesus, I Trust in you, no matter what!
Please join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, for a Memorial Mass offered by Father Michael Amesse, O.M.I., at Sacred Heart Church (Brownsville), where John was baptized and attended Mass with his family.
A celebration of John's life will follow the Mass; the location will be announced at the end of the Mass.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home of Los Fresnos, TX.
John's family cares deeply for the life of all unborn children, especially those threatened with extinction through abortion.
We ask that you make a donation to McAllen Pregnancy Center, 717 Twelfth St., McAllen, TX 78501, (956) 631-4585.
And if you are pro-abortion, we pray that your hearts will be converted so that you will see the great evil of killing the unborn. May our brother John intercede for you before the throne of Our Father in Heaven.
Father, thy Kingdom Come! Amen! Fiat!
Published in Brownsville Herald on Feb. 22, 2013