Charlene Kay Raitz

1941 - 2021



Charlene Kay (Bullock) Raitz
Heaven gained an angel Tuesday, March 8, 2021, at 10:47 p.m. at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Charlene was born Jan. 14, 1941, in Fostoria, to Charles F. Bullock and Selma Mae Drake.

She graduated from Fostoria High School with the class of 1959. She was known for her love of driving around in a "certain green chevy". She started her teen/adult life with her beloved husband, Gerald "Jerry" Raitz, May 9, 1959, in LaGrange, Indiana, and he fondly referred to her as his squaw. These two were inseparable and were truly meant to be together. They literally started their lives from the ground up.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Tiffin; three sons, Gerald "B.J." (Lori) Raitz of Tiffin, Dave Raitz of Arizona and Randy Raitz of Tiffin; and 33 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; two great-grandsons, Michael Brandon and Ashton Black: two sisters, Velma Groves and Carolyn Biddle; and two brothers, Rodger "Butch" Bullock, and Robert "Bob" Bullock.

She was most known for her passion for cooking which led to her job as a cook for Heidelberg University for 25 years. She loved cooking for her family and when they heard her in the kitchen and the click, click, click sound of the stove, they all smiled because you knew she wouldn't let you leave without eating an amazing meal.
She then proceeded to further her passion by starting her own business, with her husband, with a food concession stand named after her, as Charlie K's Kitchen. She was known in all parts of Ohio at fairs and flea markets for her amazing food, but most of all her bean soup. It wasn't surprising if you looked and saw a line waiting to be served and they didn't mind how long they had to wait.

Charlene was a gorgeous woman who adored spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed going camping with her sons, gardening, baking, she loved Elvis, decorating her house with butterflies, and playing bingo. She also was known for her green thumb when it came to plants and flowers.

She was an amazing, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was the most incredible and loving woman nobody will ever forget, she was the family rock that held everything together, and she will be missed so very dearly. She will always be known as Jerry's little squaw.

There will be a graveside service and burial at Greenlawn Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin.

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The People of National Machinery

March 15, 2021 8:26 AM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
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June Obarr

March 12, 2021 9:18 PM

Sorry for the passing of Charlene, will miss seeing her at the Flea Markets and fairs

Deborah Elchert

March 11, 2021 7:22 PM

We’  e know Charlene  for many many years. We remember when visiting...her welcome smile,...her need to feed you and make you feel like you were always welcome in their home. 

She loved her family and grandchildren. She would do anything she could for them. 

She was one of the kindest souls I ever met and will forever remember her fondly. 

Embraced now into God’s loving arms May He whisper to her.....your love shines still.. 🥰❤️

Till we meet again...One last hug....Debbie and Bill Elchert

Lisa Tiell

March 11, 2021 10:02 AM

Thank you for being such a great mother in law, and teaching me how to cook ! Your missed already!
Lisa Tiell

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Gloria Jumper

March 9, 2021 3:33 PM

Jerry and family, sorry for your loss. Charlene was such a sweet person. 

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