Pittsburgh: 412-787-1800 | Peters Township: 724-260-5546

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.

Leave a Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Delaney brandhorst
I am so very sorry Don. It is very hard to loose a spouse. I did. It looks like you have a wonderful family that will help share your sorrow
Sinead Chilton
Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Ethan Husted
Rest in peace aunt Ellen ❤
Joe, Sue, and Emma Ceklosky
Dear Don and Susie, We're thinking of and praying for you and your family. We love you and we love Ellen. We'll never forget the wonderful conversations we had with Ellen and the time we spent with her. She was so very genuine, sincere, and fun. One Christmas, Ellen gave Emma a beautiful tiara. Emma was overjoyed by the gift, but a little surprised too and she told Ellen, "I can't believe you gave me this!" Ellen's reply was the best. She said to Emma, "I can't give it to the boys. You'll be my granddaughter." To Ellen, Bis später! Ich liebe dich! (Emma)
Krista Lorenzo
We are so sorry for your loss. We loved our time with Ellen 🥰 You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏼 The Lorenzo’s
1 2 3