Tony was born in Philadelphia to the late Anthony "Geez" and the late Laura Schwartz Ratka. He passed away at Temple University Hospital. Raised on Webb St, he attended St. Anne's School and went on to Jules Mastbaum High School.
He entered the US Army where he served for 13 years. Tony attained the rank of SP4. He saw active duty for 2 years in Vietnam. Among his honors were the Purple Heart, the Cross of Galantry with Palms from the Republic of Vietnam along with numerous other honors from the Republic of Vietnam and the US Army.
His employment included The United States Mint, General Electric and RCA, where he did contract work. He was also employed at Walmart for a time. He loved his Philly sports teams , but mostly followed the Phillies..
He is the beloved husband of Patricia Kelleher Ratka. Father of Anthony Stephen Jr. (Julie Widdowson), Paul Swearingen (Crystal Yochum), Victoria Lee Johnston ( Rob), Stephanie Anne Ratka ( Jim Stiglich )
Brother of Patricia McBride (Charles), Joseph Ratka (Carol Pizzotti), Carole Bongard (Dan), Lorraine Ratka, Thomas Ratka (Diane Stark) Richard Ratka and the late John Ratka ( Katie Rivet)
Also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Monday March 14, 2022, at 11 AM in the HUBERT M. McBRIDE FUNERAL HOME, 2357 East Cumberland St. , where his viewing will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment with full military honors will be held at Washington Crossing National Cemetery at a later date.
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