Joanne Arczynski, age 67, passed away on April 15, 2021 at her assisted living residence in Shrewsbury, NJ after a brave battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Joanne lived all over the world growing up as the daughter of an Army Officer. She spent several of her younger years in Anchorage, Alaska, and then as a young teen living in San Diego, California, where her love for the beach and sports was established. Her later teen years were spent in Heidelberg, Germany, where she attended high school and developed her love for soccer, skiing and a strong wanderlust.
Joanne attended the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) where she majored in Physical Education. After college, she was a high school physical education and health teacher and soccer coach. She also received her Masters Degree in Human Sexuality from New York University (NYU) and later went on to publish her book, Sexual Positions for the Knee Patient, which was featured on The Jay Leno Show on NBC when her favorite actor, Clint Eastwood, was a guest on the show and was recovering from knee surgery at the time.
Joanne excelled at all sports and was very competitive. On the ski slope she was a natural and could perform daring jumps and attack moguls with ease. She not only water skied, but was an accomplished barefoot water skier. She loved to windsurf, scuba dive, bike, play racquetball, and was an excellent soccer and field hockey player.
Not only was Joanne an incredible athlete, she was a pioneer who paved the way for future generations of female athletes and was featured in multiple news articles at the time. In college, she was the top scorer on her field hockey team. That was quite the accomplishment since she had never picked up a field hockey stick until she joined the team. But soccer was her love and there was no women’s team. So she joined the men’s soccer team! At the end of her junior year, Joanne organized and coached the first women’s soccer team at her University. After college she was a high school teacher and coached boys junior varsity soccer teams and went on to be head coach to Freehold, NJ’s high school girl’s soccer team, as only 1 of 3 women head coaches in the NJ Shore region at the time.
Joanne then decided to pursue her dream of being a ski instructor in the winter and an ocean water sports instructor in the summer where she could also apply her teaching and coaching expertise. She was hired by the French tourism and travel company Club Mediterranee (Club Med) where she would spend the winter as a ski instructor and the summer as a windsurfing and water ski instructor, all in exotic locations like St. Moritz, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Copper Mountain, Colorado; Engelberg, Switzerland; Corfu, Greece; Cancun and Ixtapa, Mexico; the Caribbean islands of Martinique, Turks & Caicos, and the Dominican Republic, to name a few.
After Joanne’s career with Club Med, she lived in Vail, CO for many years. She then moved back to Eatontown, NJ and helped her mother during her battle with cancer. Joanne applied her health education to find a groundbreaking clinical trial that extended and improved her mother’s quality of life for almost a decade.
Joanne is predeceased by her parents Rosemarie Arczynski and Colonel Louis Edmund Arczynski, and her aunt Ursula Segeth. Surviving Joanne are her brothers and sisters, Mary Arczynski McGee of Atlanta, Ga., Daniel Arczynski and wife Elaine of Williamsburg, Va., John Arczynski and wife Sandra of Falls Church, Va., and Carolin Arczynski Walch and husband Bruce of Long Branch, NJ. Also surviving Joanne are her eight nephews and nieces: Shawn, Amy, Christine, John, Mary, David, Victoria, and Andrew.
Joanne will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. To share a memory of Joanne or a message of condolence, please visit www.braunfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers or donations, please remember Joanne in your thoughts and prayers and live each day to the fullest, like Joanne lived.
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