September 12, 1924 – May 29, 2020
Lynn Carbone of Arlington, Virginia went peacefully home, to be with God, on Friday, the 29th of May, Mary’s month, in the year of Our Lord 2020. She was 95 years old. Born in 1924 and christened Lillian, she was a true child of the sidewalks of New York, the oldest of nine and raised in a staunchly Catholic, working class household in Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens. She often reminisced about her hardscrabble childhood, of protecting her younger siblings from bullies in the neighborhood, receiving occasional licks off the ice cream cones of “rich kids” that lived nearby, eating only broth while her mother gave the chicken away to neighbors, and sneaking through the fence to get into the 1939 World’s Fair. She disliked the name Lillian and changed it to Lynn during her adolescence. She later became trained as an RN at Flower 5th Avenue School of Nursing in Manhattan, and worked for a time nursing wounded soldiers that had returned home from the Second World War. (An excellent visual artist, she had wanted to be a fashion designer, but her mother thought nursing a more practical career choice.) On Independence Day 1946, about 6 months after the end of the war, she married Mauro Gregory Carbone, also of the New York City area, to whom she remained devoted for the rest of her life. From that point on, her life would change dramatically, as the couple moved to Arlington that same year, had the first of their four children, and lived upstairs from the newly opened Carbone Animal Hospital, located on Lee Highway in the Cherrydale area. It was not long before the Carbone Animal Hospital was thriving, and they were able to build a new home in Bellevue Forest in Arlington, where they had their fourth child and Lynn would live as a mother and homemaker for the rest of her many days. Tragically, she endured the crushing losses of two of her children, her youngest daughter, Nina Ellen Weaver, in an automobile accident in 1981 and her second son, Daniel, in 2018, a little over 6 months after the death of her devoted husband of more than seventy years. Her final years became especially difficult because she lost the ability to walk, but she carried that new cross with remarkable resiliency and buoyancy of spirit, her sometimes sharp wit, increasing amiability, the deepening of her lifelong faith and a return to the Catholic Church, and a sustaining attachment to three wonderful caregivers who devoted much of themselves to her during the past several years. Lynn is survived and deeply missed by her two remaining children and spouses, Greg and Diane Carbone of North Yarmouth, ME and Elisa Carbone and Jim Casbarian of Silver Springs, MD., as well as by grandchildren Natalia and husband Matthew Fulton of North Yarmouth, ME, Emilia Carbone and husband Jedediah Beach of Lincolnville, ME, Genevieve and husband Patrick Obrien of southern Maine, Daniel Nugent of San Francisco, CA, Rachel Nugent and husband Mark Miskolczi of Westfield, NJ, Nicholas Carbone of northern Virginia, Kingsley Weaver and husband Andrew Kephart of Chicago, IL. She also leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren, Eloise, Marlena and Ada Fulton, Ray, Silas, Luca, and Tait Beach, Haylie, Jacob, and Ander Obrien, Emma Nugent, Alex Miskolczi, and Everett Kephart. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Friday, July 10 2020 at St. Agnes Church in Arlington, 1910 North Randolph Street, followed by interment at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA.
July 6, 2020
I will always remember Lynn. She was such a great lady and shared some stories with me about her life. I read Lynn the Sunday readings and brought her Holy Communion. It was with sorrow that I learned of her passing away. I will keep Lynn and her family in my prayers, especially at this time.
July 6, 2020
Just in case the question crossed your mind: Was Lynn ready to meet Jesus? As one of her Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, I can attest that based on her professed faith in Christ our Lord, she truly was ready! She grew in the Faith tremendously in her last three years. Her greatest joy was coming to understand that she lived in the company of the saints and angels who surrounded her bed. As lonely as the world felt to her at times, she was spiritually uplifted knowing that she was never alone.
Lynn also realized that her life here below was an on-going conversation with Jesus. She courageously continued her journey with Him bearing the cross that was designed from all eternity for her alone. When the time had come, Lynn passed through the veil to eternity where she can rest in hope of a grand and glorious resurrection, and Jesus can say, "This is my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased."
I miss you my Friend. Now you are able to jump up and open the front door to let me in, as you always said that one day you would do! Rest in peace, dear Lynn Carbone. With love in Christ Jesus and His Blessed Mother, Katylee
July 4, 2020
Grandma, I will always remember and be especially grateful for our Tuesday talks over the past few years. I love you so much and will miss you!