Barbara A. (Chiavaroli) Carnali, age 88

of Quincy

Barbara A. (Chiavaroli) Carnali, age 88

Barbara A. (Chiavaroli) Carnali, age 88, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, March 4, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara was born in Quincy, to the late Antonio and Maria (Longo) Chiavaroli. She was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1950.

Barbara was a devoted wife to her late husband of sixty-four years, Richard A. Carnali, who died December 21, 2020. She leaves her three children: Debbie A. Bradford and her husband Daniel of Hanover, Richard A. Carnali, Jr. and his wife Cyndi of Weymouth, and Donna M. Carnali and her husband Kirk Grow of Weymouth. She also leaves nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. One of fifteen siblings, she is survived by her brother, Paul Chiavaroli of Marshfield, and was predeceased by Domenic Chiavaroli, Jennie Joyce, Vera Caramanica, Edeal Plant, Bella Tobin, Catherine Collins, Louise Chiavaroli, Lois Chiavaroli, Gloria Robicheau, Bruna Ascenzi, Carlo Chiavaroli, Stephen Chiavaroli, and John Chiavaroli.

Family and friends meant the world to Barbara and she cherished the opportunities she had to spend time with all of them. She was selfless and caring, a friend to all who met her, and was never shy about speaking her opinion.

Barbara was devoted to her family and especially to her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a talented cook and her recipes and dishes were always in big demand at family gatherings. She loved teaching her grandchildren how to make homemade pastas and Italian dishes and passing along her family recipes.

She loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing scrabble, doing puzzles, or playing cards. She was called Nana by everyone in the family. She and Papa were the grandkids’ number one fans and were the proudest attendees at all of their sporting or school events.

Although most of her siblings predeceased her, she enjoyed being in the lives of many of her nieces and nephews and made it a point to get together and catch up with them regularly.

She was an avid reader. She enjoyed frequent trips to the casinos with her friends and family.

She was a lifelong parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in West Quincy.

Over the years, she and Richard made many wonderful friends. Her family is grateful and appreciate those dear friendships, especially all the love and support given to her during her last difficult weeks.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, private graveside services were conducted at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. A celebration of both Richard and Barbara’s lives will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather.

For those who wish, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • My heart is heavy with the loss of Aunt Barbie, I will miss our conversations about life and family memories that she has shared with me. Rest in Peace with Uncle Richard. Many family and friends are waiting for you in heaven. My condolences to all of the family during this sorrowful time.


  • My thoughts & prayers are the with entire Carnali/ Bradford /Grow families. I’m so saddened by the loss of Babs. Growing up on Townhill Street, Babs & Rich were more than just neighbors. We grew to be extended family. I will miss them both dearly! Some of my best memories growing up include long trips to Hanover! To this day I still take the backroads home! Thanks, Babs for teaching me how to make gnocchi I will forever think of you when I make them!
    Rest In Sweet Peace.

  • I am so very saddened that Babs is no longer here with us. She was such a special person in my life; a bonus Nana in many ways. I will cherish all the wonderful memories she has given me and be sure to pass on her gnocchi recipe to Lena and generations to come. With love and affection, your Blondie xo

  • Donna, Debbie, Ricky and grandkids…so saddened to hear
    about your mom. Barb was such a wonderful aunt. Growing up I remember our families visiting each other in Quincy and Rhode Island. Always a fun time. May she rest in eternal peace.
    Cousin Denise

  • It was a long time ago but I remember how sweet your parents were, nice memories at Centre St. Thinking of you all. St. Jude was my Mom’s favorite too.
    Michelle (Merna)Stone

  • We were so sorry to hear about your mother and our friend Barbara passing, she will be in our hearts and memories forever. We have known you since you were children however, those who care for you wish you comfort and peace of mind. RIP Barbara