Terry Michael Charnecki

April 10, 1947November 18, 2012

Terry Charnecki, 65, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born in Fairmont, Minnesota, a son of the late Michael Louis and Marie Theresa Korolewski Charnecki; A resident of Newport News for 28 years, Terry retired from the US Navy as MNC, where he was an Explosives Specialist.

Aside from his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Charnecki. He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Alfreda Townes; sons Michael Charnecki and wife Theresa and Anthony Charnecki and wife Jennifer; daughters, Kathryn Wilson and husband James, Susana Charnecki and Kristina Charnecki; grandchildren, Brandon, John, Isabella, Sophia, Jocelyn, Patricia, Ashley and Zachary; brother, Gary Charnecki of Fairmont, MN; sister Karen Brammer of Saukville, WI.

A celebration of Terry's life will be held Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to Disabled American Veterans organization, Roanoke VA,

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.


  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, November 26, 2012

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Ed Simmons

December 3, 2012

Our condolences to the Charnecki family. I like a few others that signed the guest book worked with Terry. I met Terry in 1972 in Okinawa and He and others there took me under their wings. I was very proud for him to come down in 1980 for my Chief's initiation and we followed each others career. He is a true shipmate and I will always remember him.

Robert Briggs

November 27, 2012

I didn't know Terry but, he was a brother in ARMS and my hope and prayer is He'll be found worthy to enter thru Heaven's Golden Gates and be with our Lord Jesus Christ.
MN1 Robert Briggs
U.S. Navy Retired

Roger Kropf

November 27, 2012

Terry was one of a kind, I knew him in the mineforce and truely respected his outlook on life and his everyday willingness to help any shipmate. He will truely be missed by all. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.


November 26, 2012


Al. Bauer

November 26, 2012

Terry Was a Good Friend . We shared many laughs while on Okinawa . I wish All of his family the best. Please take peace in know that he is with oyher old Minemen , waiting for the rest of us to csatch up .

Tex Holloway

November 26, 2012

I'll see you in the next life. I met Terry in 1971 and we've tossed down more than a few beers. He helped me out once when others wouldn't. I've often wondered what happened to him. He was a good Chief.

Derick Hartshorn

November 26, 2012

On behalf of the Association of Minemen, we all wish to express our sincere condolences to Freda and the family. Your loss is felt by the entire Mine Warfare community and we will long remember Terry.

Derick S. Hartshorn

Tommy & Elizabeth

November 26, 2012

Freda, we love you very much.

Vince and Wendy Paolisso

November 26, 2012

Dear Kathy and family, our condolences to all all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert Boggs

November 26, 2012

To Kathy and family, so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Robert and Gay Boggs