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RACCHI, Martha Jane (née Paul)

May 18, 1960 — June 10, 2023

Martha went peacefully to be with the Lord on June 10, 2023, at the age of 63. She was born in Brockville, Ontario, and raised in Montreal before her family settled in North Vancouver in 1975. She met her future husband Joe at the Londsdale White Spot, and they started dating in 1978. After graduating from high school, Martha travelled with two friends on a European trip that she spoke about for the rest of her life. Joe and Martha married in 1982 and moved with their son to Nanaimo in 1983 where they had their daughter Sarah Jane. In 1986, Joe’s work brought them to Kelowna, where they raised their family and grew their businesses.

Martha was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in every place she lived. She worked with youth groups and summer camps. At the Presbyterian church in Kelowna, she was on Children’s Education Committee and served as an Elder to other members of the congregation. She loved to be with her family, travel, swim, play cards, and puzzles. She loved to serve where she was needed whether it be at work, the church, or as the beloved matriarch of her family.

Martha is survived by her husband of 41 years, Guiseppe “Joe” Racchi; children Joshua and Sarah-Jane; grandchildren Alexandria (Lexie), Logan, Isabella (Bella), Gianna, and Owen; her brother Steven Paul; sister-in-law Robin Paul; brother-in-law Johan Louwerscheimer; brother-in-law Angelo & Nadia Racchi; brother-in-law John & Jill Racchi; sister-in-law Fila & Tony Testini; nieces and nephews Miriana, Nicolas, Adam, Nicola, Amanda, Lucas, Tom, Katy, Johan Jr., Benjamin, and Joseph; her cousins Beverly & Don Stephenson and their children William, Amy, and Dana; Doug & Liz Paul and their children Jeffrey, Christopher, and Steven. She was sadly predeceased by her mother, Jane Paul; sister Elizabeth “Liz” Louwerscheimer; and her father Richard “Dick” Paul.

Martha will be remembered as a kind, patient, and devoted woman. She was an incredibly hard-working, genuine, loving, and selfless woman. She will be missed dearly and remembered with love.

There will be a Service on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 2:30 PM at Mountainview Church, 271 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC.

The family would like to thank her friends who came to visit, and her family that travelled a long way to give support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre).

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Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 2:30 PM

Mountainview Church, 271 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC

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The service for RACCHI, Martha Jane (née Paul) is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 2:30 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Mountainview Church, 271 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC

271 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC


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  • Jane Bourke says:

    Thank you to Martha and Joe for hiring me as a Babysitter for your two children Josh and Sarah-Jane, then as a Hostess/Bus girl at White Spot in Nanaimo, BC back in the 1980s. I also loved teaching Sunday School to Sarah and Josh Racchi and they told me on one occasion, that their Auntie Robin and Uncle Steven just had a baby. Then I said ,”That baby is my new nephew!” And they both replied, ” No he’s our new cousin!” I told Martha after the Sunday School class and we both had a fun chuckle. I will always remember Martha’s beautiful smile and her kind ways.

  • Amy Stephenson says:

    Martha was kind, generous and a wonderful presence everywhere she went. Even from a distance, her warmth was felt and treasured. She will be missed and her love carried forward with all who she impacted.

  • Doug and Liz Paul says:

    Joe, Josh and Sara Jane, our condolences to you and your families. Martha was a beautiful person in spirit and action. Her kindness and positive attitude made her a pleasure to be with. We know she will live on in your hearts and minds through the wonderful memories she helped form. Our love to you all in this reflective time.

  • Murray McDonald ( Mr.Mac teacher) Sharon Bede says:

    So sorry to hear about your beloved Mom. Our deepest condolences.

  • Dan & Kim Fogarty says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. She always made us feel like family when we would come in to Whitespot. She would always come over and sit down with us for a chat and a catch up. She was such a wonderful person. We will really miss seeing her. Our deepest condolences to Joe, SJ and the rest of the family.

  • Dan and sandy hyatt says:

    Our deepest condolences to your family from ours I have never met such a kind a special women as Martha in fact her whole family is just amazing We will miss her warm smile and her love for her husband Joe and families Sending love ❤️

  • Paritha Siemens says:

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Have great love and memories of Martha from our time at St. David’s. Wishing you all peace in this very difficult time. Much love, Trina, Trixie and Paritha

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