Father Richard Rakoczy passed from this life on November 14, 2020 at the age of 86.
Father Rakoczy was born on December 24, 1933 in River Rouge, Michigan, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 6, 1959.
Father Rakoczy served as Pastor of St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford; and St. Patrick Parish, Carleton. He also served as Administrator of St. Rita Parish, Detroit; and as Associate Pastor of St. Clement Parish, Dearborn; St. Veronica Parish, East Detroit, SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Westside, Detroit; and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Detroit.
Visitation for Father Rakoczy will take place on Sunday, November 22 from 3 – 7 p.m., with Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, Michigan. He will lie in state on Monday, November 23, at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford, Michigan, at 9:00 a.m until the time of his funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Father Rakoczy was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Sophie (nee Koziel) Rakoczy; siblings, Edward (Stella), Frank, Valerie, Walter (Helen), Henry (Mary), Fr. John Rakoczy, and Harry (Vicki). He is survived by his sister, Genevieve Rakocy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kindly remember Father Rakoczy in your prayers.