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Joseph L. Tarchie

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Date published: 6/23/2013

Joseph Louis Tarchie, 73, of Colonial Beach passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Joe was born Jan. 31, 1940, to Louis J. and Viola Silvano Tarchie at the Shamokin, Pa., hospital.

He grew up and attended school in Mount Carmel, Pa., graduating from Mount Carmel High School in 1958. Upon graduating, he was employed with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.

After working for the U.S. government for a few years, he changed career track and began working for First Virginia Bank in Arlington. He worked in the loan/collection field for many years and became one of the leading collection officers in the bank’s many branch offices.

In the early ’90s, he changed career track again and accepted a position working for Davis Ironworks in Manassas as a welder, working on some of the first Hylton home construction developments in Northern Virginia.

Joe married Sara Otto on Aug. 10, 1963, in her hometown, Danbury, Iowa. They were looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in August of this year. A lovely daughter, Diane Marie, was born to this union. The family lived in Manassas for 34 years before moving to Colonial Beach.

Through the years, Joe developed a great love for the water and met his best friend and sailing partner, Dan. They sailed the East Coast from Maine to Florida, making a point to play many good golf courses along the way.

In 1995, Joe and Sara moved to Colonial Beach, where Joe began working for Stanford Marina, doing what would become his passion. He was a jack of all trades, but it soon became evident he was a talented craftsman working with wood, refurbishing boats and mending and making sails. His work became well-known at many marinas in Virginia and Maryland.

He was a member of the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Joe is survived by his wife, Sara; their daughter, Diane Singletary (John); his sister, Louise Forgione (Charles); two grandchildren, Michael Singletary and Heather Kuznetz (Kevin); brother and sister-in-law Bob and Linda Otto; two nieces, Melissa Krause and Rebecca Engdall, and their families; and his faithful companion, Snowball. Joe will also be remembered by many cousins, friends and neighbors whom he came to know well throughout the years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his mother- and father-in-law, Ruby and Earl Otto; many uncles, aunts and cousins; his sailing partner, Dan; and three old floppy-eared Bassett hounds.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating.

A celebration of life reception will follow at the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge, sponsored by the Colonial Beach Moose, Eagles and V.F.W.

Contributions may be made to the Colonial Beach Fire Department, Box 212, Colonial Beach, VA 22443; Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443; or a charity of choice.

Please sign the online guest book at Nash And Slaw Funeral Home.