Doris Lane Czarra, 89

AUG. 8, 1923-JUNE 4, 2013

June 07, 2013
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Doris Anne Catherine Lane Czarra, 89, of Boonsboro, Md., and formerly of Rohrersville, Md., Potomac, Md., and Bethesda, Md., departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home also located in Boonsboro. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born on Aug. 8, 1923, in Derby, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Maurice P. Lane and Susan K. (nee, Kosh) Lane. She was referred to fondly as "Dorie" by most everyone she touched.

The youngest of four children, Dorie enjoyed growing up in the small Connecticut manufacturing town of Ansonia with her sisters Margaret "Peg" Reita, and her brother, Maurice Vincent. As a child, Dorie enjoyed ice skating, skiing and collecting wildflowers, blueberries, and mushrooms. She also loved to sing and dance. Along with her sister Reita, Dorie would often perform with Billy Purcella's dance revue.

Dorie attended the Assumption School in Ansonia, where she completed her parochial grammar education in 1938. Throughout her life, Dorie referred fondly to the Catholic sisters that helped to develop her unique set of values and fiery spirit. Dorie matriculated to Ansonia High School in Ansonia, where she graduated in 1942. Following high school, Dorie attended Larson Junior College in New Haven, Conn., where she successfully completed the advanced secretarial course curriculum in 1943.

After completing her formal education, Dorie was off to set the world on fire! She worked for Chance Vought Aircraft in Stratford, Conn., in the waning years of World War II, helping in her own way to restore freedom and sensibility to the world. In addition to her work as a secretary and as a laboratory technician in the Structural Department, Dorie also performed as a singer and dancer in the Chance Vought Varieties club.

After the war, Dorie continued her career at Yale University and the Yale Law School Library. While working at Yale, Dorie became a member of the Yale Dramatic Club, where she continued to act, dance and sing in many of the club's performances in surrounding New England.

Dorie loved to travel. After high school, she traveled with friends through New England on a youth hostel trip and would frequently go skiing in Vermont and Massachusetts. Her most memorable trip was in 1947 when Dorie and her mother, Susan, traveled from Connecticut by bus to Mexico via Louisiana and Texas.

While working at the Yale Law School Library, Dorie met Edgar F. Czarra Jr., a young and aspiring law student from Hyattsville, Md. The attraction was instant yet lasting. Upon Edgar's graduation from the Yale Law School, the couple were wed at the Assumption Church in Ansonia on June 14, 1952.

Dorie settled with her husband, Edgar, in the Washington, D.C., area where he began to practice law and she continued with her career at the National Confectioners' Association. In 1953 Dorie and Edgar started a family with the arrival of their first child.

As they continued to expand their family, Dorie made the decision to devote her full time and attention to raising four children. Her family became her life! Dorie was actively involved in her children's school PTAs and was chairperson of the Foreign Language in Elementary School program at Radnor Elementary School in Bethesda. Over many years of caring and nurturing, Dorie became an inspiration to her children, her grandchildren and all who were fortunate to know this remarkable woman.

Dorie, along with her husband, Edgar, and their four children, established Little Antietam Farm in Rohrersville, Md., in the late 1960s. What started as a country retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, turned into a family agri-business, producing cattle, corn and hay. But the farm brought out the "country girl" in Dorie. She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to be involved with the countryside, each in their own way. As she often did in life, Dorie provided the enthusiasm, spirit and moral compass necessary to build the business and to keep the family working in harmony.

Dorie and her husband were lifetime members of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. They enjoyed playing golf on the PGA-sanctioned courses and bowling for many years with the club's coed duckpin league.

In later years, Dorie enjoyed world travel with her husband as they explored family roots, and visited their children and grandchildren in Europe, India and throughout the United States.

Dorie was predeceased by her husband, Edgar F. Czarra Jr., in 2009. Edgar was a senior partner at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. She was also predeceased by her sister, Reita Reilly of Connecticut, and her brother, Maurice Vincent Lane of Georgia.

Dorie Czarra is survived by her eldest sister, Margaret (Peg) Butts of Connecticut; daughter, Penelope L. Czarra of Boonsboro; son, Edgar F. Czarra III and wife, Kelli, of Thurmont, Md.; son, Jonathan C. Czarra and wife, Joan, of Centreville, Va.; and daughter, Melanie Anne Czarra Panek and husband, Edward S. Panek Jr., of London, England. Dorie is also survived by her six adoring grandchildren, Erin E. Lepere and husband, Fabien, of Paris, France, Lindsey A. Czarra of Centreville, Va., Edward S. Panek III and Sarah Lane Panek of London, England, and Natalie L. Czarra and Caroline T. Czarra of Thurmont. And finally, Dorie is survived by many grown nieces and nephews of whom she was extremely fond.

Dorie recently became a great-grandmother with the birth of Gabriel William Jean Lepere in April.

The family will receive friends at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home in Boonsboro on Sunday, June 9, beginning at noon. A graveside service will follow at the Boonsboro Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD, 21713.

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