- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Joan H. Czarnecki, 74, civic leader

Joan Humphreys Czarnecki, a civic leader and co-owner of a vineyard near Leesburg, Va., died Jan. 3 of complications of pneumonia at the Loudoun Hospital Center. She was 74.

Born in Norfolk, she attended St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Va., and graduated from Trinity College in the District. She did graduate work at Georgetown University, where she also served as secretary of the Bankers’ Forum.

In 1954, she married Marian Czarnecki, a Milwaukee native who was a senior aide to Rep. Clement J. Zablocki, Wisconsin Democrat.

She traveled widely with her husband when he served as staff consultant to a number of congressional subcommittees and chief of staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In the District, she was active in groups promoting humane treatment of animals, conservation of natural resources and voting rights for D.C. residents. She served for many years as chairwoman of the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia.

Upon her husband’s retirement in 1987, the Czarneckis settled in Loudoun County, where they established and operated a vineyard and a Christmas tree farm. They also served as members of a small cooperative that built and operated the Dominion Wine Cellars winery in Culpeper, Va., in the 1980s and early 1990s.

In Virginia, Mrs. Czarnecki was an active member of the Ketoctin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County. She also served on a committee to oversee and raise funds for the Loudoun County Animal Shelter.

Mrs. Czarnecki liked to write poems. Her works appeared in the national publication “American Poets and Poetry.”

She was interested in religion and service to others. She graduated in the first class of a Trinity College program for training laymen for parish service.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Julie Czarnecki Scott of Copenhagen; two sons, John Czarnecki of Portland, Ore., and Andrew Czarnecki of Leesburg; and six grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Covenant House, P.O. Box 2973, New York, NY 10116.

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