Peter Steele

Birth Name: Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk

Date of Birth: January 4, 1962

Place of Birth: Red Hook, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: April 14, 2010

Place of Death: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Ethnicity: Polish (father), as well as Russian, Icelandic, Scottish, Irish

Peter Steele was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the lead singer and bassist of the rock band Type O Negative.

Peter was the son of Annette Catherine (Pallon) and Peter P. Ratajczyk. His paternal grandparents were Polish. Peter had said that he was of Polish, Russian, Icelandic, and Scottish descent. He also had Irish ancestry.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Jozef/Joseph Ratajczyk and Frances/Franciszka Kacierowska. Jozef was born in Kurnin, Poland. Franciszka was from Jroistkow, Poland.

Peter’s maternal grandparents were Louis A. Pallon and Annette J. Patterson (the daughter of James J. Patterson). James was born in New York, to a Scottish father and an Irish mother.

Sources: Peter’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death records of Peter’s paternal grandparents, Jozef/Joseph Ratajczyk and Frances/Franciszka Kacierowska –

Genealogy of Peter Steele (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Peter’s maternal grandmother, Annette J. Patterson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Annette J. Patterson on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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