Joseph L. Czerniakowski, 85, of Toledo, passed away on March 20, 2013, in Naples, FL where he spent the winter. He was born on March 2, 1928, to Stanley and Sophie (Landowski) Czerniakowski in Toledo, OH. Joseph graduated from Georgetown University College of Law in 1953 and has practiced as an attorney ever since. He entered the U.S. Army in 1954 and was assigned in the Judge Advocate Division in Heidelberg, Germany. After his discharge from the service he was employed by the Bureau of Workers Compensation. In January of 1959 Joe was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. In November of 1999 he was elected to one term on the Toledo City Council. He was also Judge Advocate for the Catholic War Veterans Logsdon-Walla Post 639 and for the C.W.V. State of Ohio. Joe was the National Director for the Union of Poles in America for over 20 years and chairman of the Children's Christmas Party for 30 years. He was chairman of the 14th Ward Oldtimers, a member of the C.W.V. Logsdon-Walla Post 639, A.L. Przybylski Post 642, Knights of Columbus Council #3904, Loyal Order of the Moose, Maumee Elks and Maumee Eagles Aerie #2562. Joe was also active with the Democratic Party and in his spare time enjoyed bowling and golf.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Florence and second wife, Alma; and brother, Albin "Beany". He will be dearly missed by his brother, Raymond Czerniakowski; sisters, Evelyn Walsh and Joan (Richard) Sochacki; nieces and nephews, and family friends, Larry (Diane) Halloran and Sandra Foster.
Family and friends may visit at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., on Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary by C.W.V. Post 639 at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. with Scripture Services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joan of Arc Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be directed to the Albin "Beany" and Joseph Czerniakowski Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Toledo, St. Joan of Arc Church, Melvin E. Lawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund (c/o Central Catholic High School), Fr. John D. Kofflin Perpetual Memorial Fund or the Msgr. Jerome E. Schmit Youth Endowment Fund. Messages of condolence may be made at
Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013