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Istvan (Steve)

Friday, 4 June 1937



Monday, 1 July 2024

Formerly of Hungary.

Steve passed away peacefully at Hospice Southland on 01/07/2024.

Dearly loved husband and best friend of Margaret (Margo).

Treasured Dad and father-in-law of Brett and Mary, Scott and Sharon, Kristen and Rob, Sue and Boofa, Julie and Scott, Glen and Abi, Shelley and Mark.

A precious Grand and Great Grandad, a much-loved uncle, brother-in-law, and friend to many, our hero and 100% legend.

He will be dearly missed.

Steve will be resting at home until his service.

A celebration of Steve's life will be held on Saturday 6th of July at the Invercargill Working Mens Club, commencing at 11.30 am.

Messages to 14 Ingram Street, Invercargill 9812.

Please find a link to the livestream below


Sayonara to a loved one who will be missed dearly...always be in my loved and lived ya best life...4 ever remembered along side the ones we have lost...🥰🥰🥰



Steve may you R.I.P
Best regards
Rhona Mudgway of the Gold Coast Qld Aust, formally of Invercargill

Rhona Mudgway


I wish I met you in person .... live on young chap😇

Kennison Hadfield


Going to miss you heaps old fella beutiful soul 💙love always Grandad



Grandad Kiwi

Thank you for all memories, when you would come to England to visit us! Especially at my 18th birthday when you insisted on doing a speech.

Enjoy all the Hungarian wine up there!
Rest in peace Grandad



István Kanter 🤍

Rest in Peace to the legend that was Grandad Kiwi, no words could ever describe how much we all loved you!

Forever grateful to have your name as my middle name!

My world was so beautiful because of your presence in my life 🥺🤍

Cameron Saunders


Uncle to De, Steve to Kell and Steeeeeeeve to the girls, we feel so blessed to have known such a charming, cheeky, charismatic, humble and caring human. You have touched our lives, and we are lucky to have so many memories from over the years to cherish like whip cracking, cabbage rolls, venison and the best cuddles just to name a few. You always made time for us. We love you so much and miss you xxxx

De, Kell, Lena & Maggie Reeves


Beautiful Poppa,
Thank you for allowing us to come into your's and Margo's life.
We have the most wonderful memories of all our meetings with you both.
And the many Friends and family you both introduced us too.
Poppa you will be greatly missed.
You are often on our minds.
Always in our Hearts.
Love you Poppa
Suzie baby and Boofa

Sue n Gary Malatesta


Uncle Steve. You will be dearly missed by so many. I’ll especially miss visiting you whenever I would go down to Invercargill, it was always such a highlight to catch up with you. Your witty jokes and cheeky smile always made me laugh. I know Nana and Grandad will look after you up there. Uncle Steve and Margo gifted me my most loyal friend when I was a baby, Pup, who to this day sits on my bed. Whenever I come home, I see Pup, and memories of your caring nature, golden personality, warm hugs, and beautiful smile all come back. I love you, Uncle Steve xxx

Shelby Nicol


I was sad to hear of the recent passing of Steve. Condolences and love to you Margo and all the family. Steve loved telling mum and I stories about himself and my dad (Mike Havrilla) back in the old days when you came to the Gold Coast on holidays.
All our love Michelene, Katryna, Michael and Leon

Michelene Cosgrove


Uncle Steve I'm going to miss you so much you were such an inspiration to me, i always enjoyed it when you came to visit when i was a we fella telling me how you had shot a deer you inspired me to be the man i am today!! Living off the land hunting and gathering,i enjoy your visits and enjoyed giving you Hungarian sausage and other things i had made, i idealised you growing up and and i was glad i was able to take you hunting on your 70th and even better you shot the biggest stag you had ever shot!!, it's been an honour and a private to have had you in my life, I'm will love you and miss you for the rest of my life.

Imre Varga


Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you Margaret & family. Steve was a great friend to Kevin & the Strong family, he will be deeply missed. Unfortunately Roger & I won't be able to be there on Saturday but we will be thinking of you and we will watch it via livestream.

Philippa & Roger Strong


We want to offer our heartfelt condolences on Steve's passing. We know how much he meant to you all and how difficult this time must be for you. Cherish all the memories you have of him ❤️ As he will long be remembered. On behalf of all the Goold Family past and present, we are with you in spirit ❤️ I was pleased to have been able to chat with Steve a week before his passing happy hunting Steve.

Barry Goold


Uncle Steve I will miss you I remember when I was a little kid and we would go over to your place to visit there was allways a sense of excitement for me your energy
Was always high showing us how you would use a whip was amazing how easy you made it look.
So meany cool things.
Letting me play my music when no one else would.

Steve varga


Words cannot express the loss of our loved uncle Pupak,
He was definitely one in million A strong man with big heart He loved people, animals, and life, and everyone loved him.
He and Margo were Always there for dad when he was ill, he’s been a big part of my life we had a special bond. David and I will miss your visits, stories and laughter.
Go now and be with all your brothers up there waiting on their best friend.💔

Shari Kay-Smith


Steve our street party’s won’t be the same with you not there we willl have a drink in your honour thinking of you Margo and family just no we are here RIP Reba and Rodger .


Steve i miss you and will miss you for the rest of my life, we only come across some very special people rarely in our lives and you were one of those people in mine god speed my very good friend.

Joe wilkinson


Steve i miss you and will miss you for the rest of my life, we only come across some very special people rarely in our lives and you were one of those people in mine god speed my very good friend.

Joe wilkinson


Uncle Steve you were so very much loved and will be deeply missed by us all.
All our love
Theresa, Murray, Shelby and Zac xoxo

Theresa Varga


Steve you will be missed! I have know you 50 years since I was a kid! I always looked up to you, you were bigger than life, a legend and one of my father's best mates, now you two can be together again! You are one of a kind and loved by all who came across you,rest easy my dear friend! Condolences to Margo and family, my deepest sympathy xx

Ric Cawston


Going to miss you heaps. You have been a valuable, strong part of my village and especially my kids from the day they were born. Cade and his mates will drink palinka in your honor.
All the kids will miss your stories .
With much love Lady Melinda who pissed out the winda, Cade and Macey xxxx oooo

Melinda Meikle


Steve, you will be so missed, it has been a pleasure to have been able to spend time with you over the last 20 years, we will miss you dearly.
Glenn, Lyn and Dan

Lynette , Glenn and Dan Clunie


Much love to you all. Such an amazing man on so many levels.


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