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Joseph T. Czarnecki

Obituary for Joseph T. Czarnecki

October 17, 1921 - November 24, 2018
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 97


Joseph Thomas Czarnecki, 97, life time resident of Manchester, NH, passed away peacefully at his home on November 24th, 2018, from a long-term illness, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Jacob and Irene (Gula) Czarnecki on October 17, 1921. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Julia Czarnecki, who passed away in 1992, as well as his daughter, Carol who passed in 2000.

He leaves behind his son, Joseph "Joe" Czarnecki; daughter, Sandi (Czarnecki) McGorry; his grandchildren, Geoff Glidden, Lisa Glidden, Gregg Czarnecki, Brian "BJ" McGorry II, Brandon McGorry, and Shelbi McGorry, all of Manchester, NH. He also leaves behind many great grandchildren, a great-great grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Manchester during The Great Depression, Joe began working as a paperboy at a very young age to contribute to his struggling family of 13.

His siblings who predeceased him are; Amelia Czarnecki, Stella Czarnecki, Peter Czarnecki, Michael Czarnecki, Anne Kulaga, Josephine "Jo" Reynolds and Jean Swindler. He is survived by Julia Carrington of Vacaville, CA, Fred Czarnec of Orlando, FL, Richie Czarnec of Chester, NH, Walter Czarnec of Holliston, MA and Stella "Stashie" Schofield of Sheboygan, WI.

He was a graduate of Central High School's 1941B class before enlisting with US Navy in August 1942, where he went on to serve honorably as a sonar technician aboard the USS Thatcher (DD-514) destroyer. During his time on the USS Thatcher, he was lucky enough to have survived a kamikaze attack that took the lives of 14 of his brothers and injured another 53.

After the war, Joe worked as a cabinet maker with Hermsdorf Manufacturing Company for 20-years before moving onto Bingay and Son Corporation for another 22-years and then retiring in 1988 as a Master Cabinet Maker.

As a devout Catholic, Joe belonged to St. Patrick's Parish for over 60-years where he sang in the choir, became a Eucharistic Minister, and served as the President of the Parish Council. To further serve his piety, he volunteered for St. Vincent DePaul, was a contributor to the Sisters of the Precious Blood where he served as a member of The Legion of 1,000 Men, and contributed to a multitude of other Catholic charities with both his time and his generosity.

When Joe was not working with local religious institutions, he enjoyed dining with family, watching WWII documentaries, playing cribbage and penny poker, engaging in DIY projects, attending Monarchs hockey games, helping others in need and a "damn good cup of tea."

ARRANGEMENTS: His Visitation will be held in the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 250 Coolidge Ave., Manchester on Friday, November 30th from 5:00PM-8:00PM. A Requiem Mass will be held at the Parish of the Transfiguration, 107 Alsace St., Manchester on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family requests donations be made to either Home Health & Hospice Care, and St. Joseph's Meals on Wheels, To view Joe's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Joe's memory to:
  • Community Hospice House
    210 Naticook Road
    Merrimack, NH 03054
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Joe's memory to:
  • St. Joseph Community Services-Meals on Wheels
    395 Daniel Webster Hwy
    Merrimack, NH 03054

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Manchester, NH 03102
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