Carole Susan Barna
August 11, 1939 – January 13, 2020
Mrs. Carole Kletch Barna, age 80, of Secaucus passed away peacefully January 13, 2020. Carole forever remains a lovely and loving soul, kinder than kind, and a smiling ray of light and love. All who knew her were struck by her generous and unconditional outpouring of warmth, kindness, generosity and love. She was incredibly special and will be sorely missed.
Carole Kletch was born in Jersey City on August 11, 1939 to the late Henry and Jean Kletch. In 1959, Carole wed US Army Veteran John Barna who followed through on his promise to "love her more today than yesterday and even more tomorrow." They were completely devoted to each other and always doted on one another. Beginning and ending every day together with a kiss and “I love you myhoney”. John always said ‘Carole would give anyone the shirt right off MY back’.
Carole and John raised their family in Secaucus and enjoyed numerous family vacations on the Jersey Shore in recent years at ‘the penthouse’ in Wildwood. Carole retired from her position as a Senior Administrative Assistant at the Secaucus Town Hall in 2016. Carole enjoyed crocheting, reading, ‘puzzling’, watching Game of Thrones and Blue Bloods, family dinners, barbeques, lounging in the pool and sitting out on her front porch on sunny days. She was completely dedicated to family and reveled in family time which was plentiful as her children and grandchildren were constantly visiting. She regularly had to referee arguments between grandchildren over whose turn it was to sit next to her on the couch. That coveted seat entitled that lucky grandchild to hold grandma’s hand, have their hair stroked and get unlimited kisses and hear “I love you” repeatedly. Her easy manner, and warm personality made her the center of attention at any gathering. She listened intently when you spoke (unless momentarily distracted by activity or conversation nearby as she was also a bit of a busybody). She always empathized and provided wise guidance and unconditional support and acceptance.
Carole is survived by devoted husband John, dedicated son Jay and caring daughter Linda of Secaucus; daughters Karen, Janine, Jackie Tobin and her husband Robert of Rutherford; sister Halina and her husband Jack Stone of Secaucus; and seven adoring grandchildren - EACH of them her favorite: Sean, Jay, Eva, Hannah, Leah, Abby and Janina all of Rutherford. Carole was the grandma everyone wishes they had.
If Carole were writing this herself, she would agonize over adding dozens more names of those that are dear to her for fear of leaving anyone out. Even if she was not in constant communication, close to her heart were beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors and co-workers. She fondly remembered and cherished each one. We are comforted to hear and read your fond memories of her, so please feel free to share.
She will always be in our hearts.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 15, from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Mack Funeral Home in Secaucus.
- Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Carole Susan Barna
Ann Marie Krajewski Lisk
January 16, 2020
Deepest Sympathies go out to the Barna and Descendants of the Kletch Family. Auntie Carole, was such a great lady. She was always so kind and inviting. I’ll always remember the Thanksgiving celebrations at her home as well as Summer 5 pm Steak 🥩 BBQ pool gatherings. Another Angel got her wings 💕😇. Sending love and light to family & friends of Carole. She is likely crocheting something beautiful with Babci already 😘
January 14, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Barna and Tobin families. Carole was such a sweet, joyful and loving mother and grandmother. I will forever cherish the many memories we have shared together and I will always remember how proud she was of her grandchildren. May she rest in peace and may God grant you all love and peace during this difficult time.
January 14, 2020
Carole was always like a "Mom away from home" for me and for our friends. We were always hanging around at the house and slept over often. Those late nights with a warm cup of tea and fascinating conversation with the Barnas were so wonderful and are such a part of my memories of growing up! Carole was always happy to talk to you, but she was also just as happy to listen to you as well. A kind, caring, and gentle soul with the best beaming smile... she will be missed. "God on High...Please give her rest, Heaven blessed, Bring her home."