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Obituary of Steve Peter Racz
On Feb. 17, 2021 Steve Peter Racz, a lifelong farmer and resident of the Charlemont Community, passed away suddenly at his home with family at his side. He was born on March 26, 1940 in Chatham, Ont to his Hungarian parents, Steve & Ethel Racz (nee Korotnai). Steve is survived by his devoted wife of almost 60 years Virginia Racz (nee Howlett), his children, Ray (Mary Lou) Racz, Susan (Pete) LeBlanc & Peter Racz (Jillian Lawrence). As well a his brother Jim (Jean) Schaffer.
Steve farmed for 65+ years. First with his father and followed later with his sons. He enjoyed dining out with his wife "Ginny", daily morning visits at the Co-op in Tupperville with "the Coffee Crew", working with his son at their farm machinery business, attending auction sales ("social gatherings") in search of a good deal on used farm equipment, visits with his brother Jim, and playtime with his faithful dog "George" and his affectionate cat he called "my baby". The apple of his eye though were his incredible grandchildren Amy, Craig, Emily, Tanner, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Nichole and Charlize. Steve always enjoyed their visits or phone calls. He also loved going fishing with “the boys” on Father’s Day almost every year. He will be deeply missed by many sisters and brother-in-laws of the Howlett family, many nephews, nieces, as well numerous farm equipment dealers from Eastern Michigan to the Ottawa valley and at numerous dealerships in between.
Family and friends will be received on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, those hoping to attend the visitation must schedule a time online at https://signup.com/go/kwiEKEO. No one will be permitted at the visitation without a scheduled time. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has mandated that everyone attending must wear a mask.
A private family funeral service will be held at the Badder Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 679 North St., Dresden. Interment to follow at Dresden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Diabetes Society and or The Salvation Army – Wallaceburg branch. Online condolences and donations may be left at www.badderfuneralhome.com.
A Livestream of the Funeral Service will be available on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Please click the link below to view.
Private Visitation and Funeral Service
John C. Badder Funeral Home
72 Victoria St.
Thamesville, ON N0P 2K0
Badder Funeral Home & Reception Centre
679 North St.
Dresden, ON N0P 1M0
Badder & Robinson Funeral Home
211 Elm St.W.
Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0