Amy Czerniec, July 26, 2009

Amy Beth Czerniec

April 9, 1966 — January 16, 2024

Amy Beth Czerniec died on January 16, 2024, at her home in Racine. She was 57.

Born in East Troy on April 9, 1966 to Donald and Carol Dibble, Amy grew up in Kenosha. She attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Lance Junior High School, and graduated from Reuther Alternative High School in 1984.

Her working life included positions as office manager for Hanrath and Sinn Architects in Libertyville, Illinois, retail supervisor for Maidenform, Inc. in their Pleasant Prairie outlet store, credit researcher/preparer at the Credit Bureau of Racine, receptionist/secretary for The Jacobson Group GMAC in Kenosha, executive assistant for Higher Visions LLC in Salem, market relationship specialist for A-Allen Consulting in Oak Creek, administrative assistant for Stericycle, Inc. in Sturtevant, welcome desk staff at the Racine Family YMCA, and job coach for the Racine County Opportunity Center.

Amy Czerniec running the Book & Brew at UW-Parkside

Most recently, Amy proudly operated the Book & Brew Cafe in the UW-Parkside Library for Aladdin Food Management / Elior North America.

She married her best friend’s brother, Mark Czerniec, in Quebec City on July 29, 1991, the tenth anniversary of their first date. The couple resided first in Kenosha and then in Racine. They traveled to Washington, D.C., Rocky Mountain National Park, New Orleans, Memphis, Bayfield, Beaufort, Frankfurt, Paris, Tuscany, Mexico, Maui, and Oahu.

Together, they took in the annual Superweek cycling races around southeastern Wisconsin, logged thousands of miles cycling locally, and maintained a website devoted to activities and events in Kenosha and Racine for several years.

June, 2014: Amy preparing her Chicken Chili with Beans recipe.

An adventurous cook taught mostly by TV shows, Amy enjoyed discovering Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian restaurants. She read daily, devouring fiction and biographies on her Kindle tablet, and loved a wide variety of music — but funk and soul made her dance.

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Dogs adored her, and she adored dogs. Amy cared deeply about other people. She was a Democrat, volunteered in campaigns for Democratic candidates, and voted in every election from age 18 on.

She was fascinated by architecture and home makeovers, and delighted in annual events like Preservation Racine’s Tour of Historic Places and Get Out Milwaukee.

First diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, Amy was treated and cared for by excellent medical professionals at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. She received tremendous support from her co-survivors in Kenosha’s Circle of Hope group, and Hospice Alliance helped keep her comfortable as this year began.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband, her six sisters — Karen (Dan) Elderbrook, Kim (Andy) Selovich, Marianne (Bill) Germinaro, Donna (Barry) Flannery, Laurie (Jim) Williams, and Rachel (Ray) Santiago — as well as four nephews and a niece.

Donations and memorial

Amy’s sister-in-law Karen Fleming has organized a GoFundMe Fundraiser to alleviate the debt incurred during Amy’s health crisis and help with her cremation expenses and memorial luncheon.

A memorial gathering is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Amy Czerniec at Pringle Nature Center, November 5, 2016
16 Comments
  1. Luann Poll

    Mark – my heart breaks for you on the loss of your beautiful wife. You don’t know me as I know of you through Steve Dahl and your time on his show back in the day. Just wanted you to know that complete strangers are sending you and everyone who love Amy hugs and care.

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  2. Ellen Ferwerda

    Amy you are solid and good. My dog, Roopie, is a magnet for the good guys and whenever you were around, Roopie was on your lap! I appreciated your generosity of spirit, your intelligence, and your nose for bullshit. I was also very grateful for your “I love you’s.” They came at a point in my life when I really needed them. Thank you, Amy. I love you. I will miss you. Ellen

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  3. Rebecca .

    ✨️May your soul finally be at peace, Amy. It was an honor to get to know you while you were Job Coaching at RCOC. You were my mentor. You helped me strive to be a better Job Coach &, on a personal note, you told me I needed to believe in myself more. I will miss your sense of humor. Rest Peacefully, Amy ✨️

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  4. John Nicholds

    I am sorry to hear this. I worked with Amy at Parkside. She always kept a positive attitude in the face of her sickness and was such an intelligent and caring person. I always looked forward to discussing music and world events. She was adored by everyone.

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  5. Bridgett Blackwood

    Mark… I am so very sorry!! Just found this out and my heart breaks for you.. Amy was such a beautiful person and we loved her so very much!

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  6. Casey Click

    Mark, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You don’t know me, but when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, Amy’s videos were the only thing I watched. Those videos meant so much to me, and I ended up friending her on Facebook. We shared several conversations over the past few years. I just saw this today.

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    • Mark Czerniec

      Thanks for reaching out, Casey. Your email came at moment when I needed it.

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  7. Tessy Quintus

    Dear Mark, I had the immense pleasure of texting a couple of years ago with Amy on facebook, after I had watched her videos from her 1st battle of cancer.
    Although I have never met her in person unfortunately, I immediately “clicked” with her genuine, caring and sunny personality.
    I only discovered tonight,that she has passed….My heart is broken….
    Mark, I wish you courage, strength, and lots of support from your beloved ones in these dark times.

    Dear Amy, may you rest in peace with the angels sweetie.

    Therese

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  8. Paulette Sanderson

    The world lost a bright light, Amy was a ray of sunshine with her positive attitude and that beautiful smile. May she rest in peace. Mark you have my sympathy.
    Paulette

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  9. Pamela A Zell

    Hi Mark: I did not get to know Amy as I worked a different shift here at Parkside, but hear so many great things about Amy, I work at Book n Brew now and the students loved her and miss her and tell me great stories of her.
    I am Blessed to know so many care for her and send Blessings to you and yours🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏Pam Zell

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    • Mark Czerniec

      Aw, thanks so much, Pam. Amy loved her customers, her co-workers, and that cafe. Take good care of it.

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  10. Greg & Kathy Berg

    Mark – Kathy and I are still trying to wrap our heads and hearts around this news. We are thankful for the times we got together with you and Amy – and only wish there could have been more. Many more. We are grieving with you. Amy was an amazing force of nature. GB

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