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Ellen Key Mason Raab

  • On April 8, 2022

Ellen Key Mason Raab, age 79, of McMurray, PA formerly of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at home with her husband of 51 years by her side on  April 7, 2022. Born on December 26, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Frances Mason. Beloved wife to Don Raab. Loving mother of Susan (Jim) Ceklosky and Matt (Nicki) Raab. Cherished Gaga to Cole and Jake Ceklosky. Loving sister to Martha (Brad) Brady and Susan Weller. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Ellen was preceded in death by her siblings, Julian Mason and Kathy Husted.

Ellen graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in German, and then attended the University of Washington where she received her Master’s degree in German. Ellen taught German at the University of Alabama and Penn State for several years. In her later years, she became a Registered Nurse, working at St. Clair Hospital and Bethel Animation Center. After leaving nursing, she worked as a bookseller at Borders Bookstore, the job she enjoyed the most. Ellen also appeared on Jeopardy in 1974.  She devoted her final years to her family, and most importantly cherished the time she spent with her grandsons.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, April 11, 2022 from 4 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 10 AM at St. John XXIII Parish (St. Benedict the Abbott Church), 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ellen’s name to School on Wheels, schoolonwheels.org, Los Angeles, CA where her son, Matt is the Chief Education and Program Officer.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Chuck Brady
An amazing life and person. Always with kind and loving words. God bless Aunt Key. Love, Chuck Brady
Gene Spiro
I was so very sorry to see that Ellen passed away. We were friends along time ago at Penn State. Our daughters played with Suzie and Matt. We resumed our friendship over the last few years on Facebook. Our deepest condolences to Don, Suzie and Matt and to all her family and friends. Gene and Lou Spiro
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