John Robert Wratny
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, John Robert Wratny, surrounded by his close family and friends, ended his long battle with cancer.
John was born on July 10, 1956, in New Castle, PA; graduating from Union High School where he was voted 'Best All Around' and 'Best Looking.' John played varsity football and with the help of his art teacher, became a master of drawing and painting.
Beyond high school, he followed in his father's footsteps through apprenticeship in the Local 47 Pipefitters and Plumbers Union (now Local 449), where he was touted by colleagues as the 'Best Pipefitter' they had witnessed. John retired after over 40 years with the union. John was also a proud member of the Free Masons Lodge of the Craft Westminster 433. Also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle 32nd Degree Mason.
If John was not working, he was following his true passion as an outdoorsman. There is no place he would rather be than on Lake Pymatuning, or the Pymatuning River, using his "Fat Rat Lures" in his secret fishing holes, reeling in musky and walleye. Out of the water, there was no game safe from his skills as a hunter. From trophy whitetail, to taking down rattlesnakes with a stick, he could out-hunt any professional. He enjoyed many wonderful years in Linesville.
Sometimes he took a ride just to enjoy its fresh spring water.
John also loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He especially cherished watching his grandson cast a fishing rod, even if it was only his backyard.
Not only was John a loyal union welder, he was also an entrepreneur. After buying and remodeling Tony's Lounge in 1994, John managed it until 2002. Following his entrepreneurship, John put his master craftsmanship to use, buying homes and remodeling them to perfection.
John was preceded in death by his loving mother, Evelyn Ann Wratny (Gush) and father, Frank Michael Wratny (Fricksy). He is survived by his daughter, Raquel Lynne Flora (Wratny), son-in-law Dennis Eugene Flora, Jr. and two grandchildren, Apollonia Soteria Flora and Arsenio Mikol Flora who will continue to honor his legacy, values and love for the outdoors.
John was a friend to many, always giving to others. His memory will continue through stories of his jubilant giggle and bright smile.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019. from 1 to 3 p.m. at the William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Avenue.
A Celebration of Life will be performed by Celebrant Raquel Marie DeCarbo on Sunday, November 10, 2019. at 3 p.m. at the William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to:
Published on November 6, 2019


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George walters
Nov 18, 2019
John was a good friend we did alot together growing up in highschool and football i have so many stories of us that we did from digging a ditch in house basement to fishing in Canada on my anniversary he was in my wedding ..way to many stories
Anyone want to know contact me rip my friend see u soon
Diane Cuscino
Nov 13, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I have so many fond memories of him from our school days and spending time with friends at his loving place on the lake. Our Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Will never forget the great smile. May he rest in peace !!!
Nancy L Lutz Mann
Nov 09, 2019
Will always remember his beautiful, contagious smile. Rest in peace G, you will be missed.
Larry E.Ambrose
Nov 08, 2019
My heart felt condolences to his loved ones.
Jim and Janeice Connolly
Nov 08, 2019
We enjoyed the great big walleye fish he would give us to eat after a long day FISHING. John was always so kind to us , as he was our next door neighbor at pymatuning lake. May our blessing be with all your family at this time. May God Bless.
Pauline A. Fischer
Nov 07, 2019
To the Entire John Wratny,
Please except my Heart-felt Condolences for the loss of a wonderful person such as John Wratny, may God comfort each and everyone of you during your time of sorrow and loss!!! Hard to believe he passed away and I couldn’t believe it when I heard, and when his parents each passed away I was shocked because they were very wonderful people like their son was. The Wratny Family circle wasn’t broken up in Heaven, it became full circle and strong when John went up to Heaven to join his Mother and Father; cause God always takes the very best!
Again please except my Heart-felt Condolences for your loss.
Pauline A. F
Hillsville, Pa
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Renee Magno Simpson
Nov 07, 2019
Rest In Peace John. You were such a great guy and loved by many. Deepest condolences to your family and friends in New Castle, may they hold on to the wonderful memories and find peace in knowing that you’re right there in their hearts.
Maria Demko
Nov 07, 2019
Rest in peace, G -- thanks for the memories (especially ice fishing on Demko pond) - fun times.

May God wrap you in His loving arms. So long for now, our friend.
James Abraham
Nov 06, 2019
John was truly a great man and a greater friend. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be close to John . He was a fighter and a winner. He loved his family with passion. God bless his family in their time of sadness. I will never forget the best friend I ever had in my life. Rest in peace John. You are loved by many.