Richard “Dick” Joseph Czarnik, 77, of Sugar Land, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, with his loving family and close friends by his side. He was born December 28, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Joseph and Anna Przetrezelski Czarnik.
Richard lived a full, blessed life. Growing up in Port Richmond, a Polish section of Philadelphia, he graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1960 and married Mary Ann Stankiewicz in 1963. A few years later, they moved to Texas along with their two small children. Over the following years they had called Alief, the Meadows and Greatwood home.
Richard retired in 1995 from a long career as an IT professional where he worked in Houston for Gulf Oil Company and Chevron Corporation. During his retirement he had spent his time volunteering for various organizations including Helping Hands and Memorial Herman Sugar Land. He was also an active member of the Sacred Heart Golden Heart 50+ Club.
He had a passion for travel, wood working and any kind of sport, and cherished his community and church. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as “Pop-Pop.” He taught each of them the true meaning of character, tradition, love and family.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ann; father- and mother-in law, Paul and Helen Stankiewicz; brother, Joe Czarnik; brother-in-laws, Joe Karcher and Harry Hagendorf; and sister-in-law, Loretta Hagendorf.
He is survived by his son, Richard Joseph Czarnik, Jr and wife Fayee, of Kingwood; daughter, Kristin Penny and husband, Mike, of Sugar Land; sister, Rita Fitzgerald and husband Jack, of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Amanda Czarnik, of Houston, Taylor Penny, of Huntsville, Amy Czarnik of Tyler, and Julia Penny of Richmond, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 followed by a Vigil service and Rosary at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment at Morton Cemetery. A lunch reception to celebrate his life will follow at Sacred Heart Family Life Center.
For those wishing, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 507 South Fourth Street, Richmond, TX 77469.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. in Rosenberg. 281-341-8800.