NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – A service will be held Friday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery on 3900 Villa Marie Road in Lowellville, Ohio, 44436, for John J. Mraulak, 85, who died Friday, March 31, at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center surrounded by his family. John’s daughter Eva Smith was his caretaker.
John was born in Bessemer, Pennsylvania, on February 5, 1932, a son of John and Catherine Burick Mraulak.
He lived in the area his entire life and attended Struthers High School but did not graduate in order that he could help support his family.
He worked at Passarelli Body Shop as a sander and then went to work at Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical followed by Sharon Steel and then the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.
John was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union.
His nickname was “Gypsy” because he enjoyed wandering around on his own terms. He enjoyed poker machines, playing games on the computer, puzzle books and playing 500 bid. The senior groups he traveled with were St. Nicholas Arco Club and AARP. He lit up a room with his smile and big blue eyes. The ladies loved him.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation for the care John received from his doctors, nurses and aids, especially Red and Black.
John leaves a son, John M. (Laurie) Mraulak of East Palestine; a daughter, Eva (Steve) Smith of Poland; a brother, Peter (Vita) Mraulak of Struthers and two grandchildren, Katie and Nick Mraulak.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements handled by Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.
A television tribute will air April 4 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.