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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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Kathy peelor
Dear Susan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your mom well, but always had pleasant chats when we’d see each other. May beautiful memories help you get through this sad time! Kathy Peelor
Charles and Martha Brady
Dear Don, Thank you for keeping us informed through out this experience, and thank you most of all for the loving care and comfort that you gave Ellen Key. You are a role model for us all. I miss Ellen Key tremendously, as I knew I would. She was my little sister, and my best friend. I love her dearly, and I will cherish my many memories of her as we grew up as children and the fun we shared throughout our adult lives. Despite the loss, I am relieved that Ellen is no longer suffering and is at peace. Ellen was an accomplished woman with an intellectual curiosity that took her far and wide. Yet she was always there for us. She was fair, kind, and unjudgmental. She too was a role model for us all. We extend our condolences to you, the rest of the Raabs, Chekloskys, and Ellen's many other friends. Ellen made us all somewhat better through our association with her, and through us now she will live on. Martha Mason Brady and family.
You were such a terrific mother to your kids and Gugga to Cole and Jake. I always loved your laugh! I know you are a women of faith and we will see you again in the new system. My comfort be with your family and to all the loved you.
Jim Estep
Condolences to Don, Susan, Matt and the family. She left her mark wherever she went. Godspeed.
Leena Khurana
Dear Susan and family, Thinking about you during this difficult time. May the memories of your mom bring you peace and fill your heart💗 Love, Leena
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