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Joseph S. Czerwinski

September 19, 1938 ~ January 17, 2021 (age 82)

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Joseph S. Czerwinski, 82, of Millsboro, Delaware passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 17, 2021.  Born in Wilmington on September 19, 1938, he was the son of the late Dominick and Sophie (Dziegielewski) Czerwinski. 

Joe proudly served our country as a member of the United States Army.  He was employed with the State of Delaware and retired as a deputy director at the Delaware Psychiatric Center.  He was a longtime member of St. Hedwig Parish in Wilmington and, after retiring to Millsboro, joined Mary, Mother of Peace Parish.   

Joe was known as the Hedgeville Historian to his family and friends. He was proud of his Polish heritage and enjoyed sharing stories of his memories growing up in Hedgeville. Joe graduated from St. Hedwig Elementary School where they taught him the values that he practiced all his life. Joe then graduated from Wilmington High School in 1957, and served as the chairman of the 50th and 55th class reunions.

Joe was a life long member of the Pulaski Legion and past president. He took pride in being the longtime moderator of the Pulaski Day Parade. As a lifelong member of St. Hedwig Parish, he was involved in many organizations. Joe enjoyed his memories of being the past co-chairman of the Polish Festival and the Chairman of the Seafood Cabaret. 

Joe was a proud and faithful Democrat, and we were saddened that Joe wasn’t here to witness the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden.

Joe was involved in many city and state committees. He served two terms as the City Councilman for the 6th District. He found it to be an honor to serve in the 6th District. 

Joe always enjoyed fishing, crabbing, sitting on his porch visiting with neighbors and playing the lottery hoping one day to “win it big.”  

Something Joe especially enjoyed doing was sitting on the porch with his grandchildren, sharing laughs, watching the birds and butterflies.

Joe will be dearly missed by his devoted wife of 56 years, Marjorie (Derrickson) Czerwinski; his daughters, Donna McDonough and Kathleen Roach (Brian); his grandchildren, Luke McDonough, Kyle McDonough, Alexis Roach, Erin McDonough, Paige Roach, Zack McDonough, Erik McDonough.  In addition, he is survived by his brothers, Dominick Czerwinski (Chris), and George Czerwinski; many nieces, nephews and friends.   

Joe was predeceased by his sister, Margie Burg; his sister-in-law, Florence Ann Czerwinski.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Thursday, January 28 from 5:00-7:00PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Hedwig Church, Linden and S. Harrison Streets, Wilmington on Friday, January 29 at 11:00AM.  Interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be held privately for immediate family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to St. Hedwig Parish, 408 S. Harrison Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or Mary, Mother of Peace Parish, 30839 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, DE 19966.                                                                                      

*PLEASE NOTE: Funeral arrangements for Joe will be conducted in compliance with COVID-19 directives, which require mandatory face masks, social distancing and occupancy limits at the funeral home and church.

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January 28, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

Mass of Christian Burial
January 29, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Hedwig Church
408 S. Harrison Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Private Interment


St. Hedwig Parish
408 S. Harrison Street, Wilmington DE 19805

Mary, Mother of Peace Parish
30839 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro DE 19966

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