Anthony Michael “Tony” Vrana, 79, Hubert, N.C., formerly of Vienna, passed away Oct. 25, 2021, in Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C.
He was born June 12, 1942, to the late Michael J. and Helen (Koczur) Vrana in Brighton, Pa.
He entered active federal service in the U. S. Air Force March 6, 1964, at Pittsburg, Pa. and served until March 5, 1968, when he was honorably discharged at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., at the rank of Sergeant E-4. A man of excellent character, his “Honorable Discharge” is a testimonial of honest and faithful service to his country during the Vietnam era.
Tony was united in marriage to Janette Marie Baker April 26, 1986, in Sharpsburg, Ga.
He was employed as a Computer Technician for United Airlines until his retirement.
Tony and Janette moved to rural Dixon near her parents for retirement, where they enjoyed many years together. He was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, 13178 Visitation Council, both in Vienna, the Knights of Columbus, 2811 Msgr. Ralph G. Kutz P.A.S. Fourth Degree Assembly in Westphalia and the Paul A. Hasenbeck Memorial American Post 317 in Freeburg.
During his retirement years, Tony referred to his activities as “puttering around”, and you can rest assured, he did a lot of puttering. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, his dogs, his annual trip to get pecans, and especially traveling the world with the Maries County Bank Memory Makers. After moving from the local area, Tony loved living on the East Coast, being able to see the ocean and enjoying nature by feeding the ducks and fish.
He was preceded in death by wife, Janette; parents, Michael and Helen; brother, Edward Vrana; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glen and Charlotte Baker.
Tony is survived by cousin as his sister, Sandy Phillips of Swansboro, N.C.; her sons as nephews, Aaron Phillips of Swansboro, N.C. and Brett Phillips of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; cousins and other relatives; friends; members of his Memory Makers family; and his Brother Knights.
Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, followed by a Mass of Christian burial all in Visitation Catholic Church in Vienna with Rev. Basil Tigga officiating and Deacon Michael Brooks assisting.
Private inurnment will be next to his beloved wife, Janette, in Holy Cross Cemetery in Cuba. His honorary pallbearers will be Aaron and Brett Phillips and his Brother Knights.
Memorial contributions suggested to Visitation Inter-Parish School in Vienna.
Arrangements entrusted to Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home in Vienna.
Online condolences may be shared with the family of Mr. Tony Vrana at www.birminghmmartinfuneralhomes.com