Kay A. Raab, Age: 90
July 27, 1928 -- Jun 30, 2019

Kay A. Raab, 90, of Overland Park, KS passed away on Sunday morning June 30th, 2019.

Kay was born July 27, 1928 in Frontenac, KS. and grew up in Pleasanton, KS. She graduated from Pleasanton High School and the Ursaline Academy in Paola, KS.  Shortly thereafter, she began teaching in a one room school house commuting in her Model A touring car. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1950 and it was there she met the love of her life, Louis Raab.  The two were soon married and they set off for a life of adventure and fun.  Kay was a loving mother of five children, four boys and a girl.  In her early married life, she was the co-founder of the family business.  After the last of five children went off to school full-time Kay decided to pursue her dream for a career in teaching. She embarked on studies through the School of Education at Avila University and Rockhurst University to complete her undergraduate work. She would later earn a master’s degree in Reading from the University of Kansas in 1979.  In total, Kay’s career in teaching spanned three decades.  During that time, she was named “Girl of the Year” 1980 in Beta Sigma Phi social service sorority. A long-time member of the professional teaching sorority Kappa Kappa Iota, Kay served as Kansas State President (1986) Gamma Chapter. In 1992, she was inducted into the Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Kay taught at Frank Rushton Elementary school for 26 years and taught a total of 30 years in KCKS District #500. She received distinction from the Kansas City Kansas School Board for her numerous years of service upon her retirement in 2003.

Kay exuded a free spirit and love for life.  Family and friends were incredibly important to her.  She was proud of her Irish heritage and reveled in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. She spent her free time and summers with her children and grandchildren riding horses, playing tennis, appreciating the arts, dining out, enjoying Kansas City Jazz and photography – taking pictures – lots and lots of pictures.

She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Martha Riley, her sister Shirley Ann Riley and brother Joseph Riley, her husband Louis C. Raab, son Louis M. Raab, Linda (Barket) Raab, Daughter Joan K. Raab. 

She is survived by her family:

Sons: Stephen (Natalie) Raab, Mark (Patricia) Raab, Thomas Raab and Becky Gredell. Daughters-in-law Sharon Hurley-Raab, Laura Vera-Raab and Kristen Zane.

Grandchildren: Timothy Raab, Jeremy Raab, and Eliese Raab. Jami (Mike) Pelzl, Gregory Raab, Stephen Roper, Daniel Raab. Katie (Raab)-Zotti, Laura Raab and Chris Raab.  Mark Vera (Eline Cabecas), Stephanie (John deceased) Phillips, Jon (Kaylyn) Vera, Paul Vera, Edward (Sasha) Raab and Mary Kate Raab.

Great Grandchildren: Avery Pelzl, Ella Zotti, Liv Reif, Alex Vera, Sophia Vera, Isabella Vera, Ryder Paige Ortego-Vera, Edith Raab

Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 AM with Funeral Mass starting at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 6, at the Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St. Overland Park, KS. 

The Family extends its appreciation to the staff at Bickford of Overland Park for their professional care. The family requests no flowers and suggests memorial contributions to Catholic Community Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS  66212.



Condolences

Kay Mitchell Mays Jul 03 ,2019

Fellow teacher ,Lenexa ,Kansas

My condolences to Kay’s family. I taught school with Kay at Frank Rushton from 1967- 1970. I moved to Kansas after my graduation at the University of Nebraska.in 1967. Kay was a wonderful person and mentor. My thoughts and prayers go to her family at this time !❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

Lyle and Mary Lee Boll Jul 03 ,2019

Fraternity brother to the Raab brothers and friends of Linda and Trisha. ,Las Vegas ,Nevada

Our deepest condolences to the Raab and Riley families.

Kathy Jul 03 ,2019

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Steve, Mark, and Tom including your wives and children and grandchildren I am thinking of you all with prayer and hope Feel her arms around you as you go through these difficult days ahead . I always thought she was such an awesome woman. And that you are an awesome family. Loved that red hair of her's . Take care my friends and let me know if there's anything I can do With much love Kathy Hunter Donegan ❤️

Betsy & Phil Fladung Jul 03 ,2019

We are so sorry for your loss of both a mother and a grandmother. Praying for all of you as you walk through the valley of losing her. May memories of happier days overtake the shadow of grief. Kay, and Lou, will always be with you in those precious memories and nothing can take that away. With love, Betsy & Phil

Mary LOU Lavery Jul 03 ,2019

Cousin ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Thanks for the memories. Mary Lou

Bill Quasa Jul 03 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Mrs. Raab was a wonderful lady and will be missed, I cant help but think Lou is smiling once again being able to hold her hand.

Lynn Hickman Jul 03 ,2019

Former Student ,Kansas City ,Kansas

My triplet brothers and I attended Frank Rushton from 1965-71. I had the good fortune to have "Mrs. Raab" (how I'll always think of her) as my 4th grade teacher. I remember her class fondly. She noticed that I had trouble seeing the chalk board, leading to my first pair of glasses!! I also had a bad habit of saying "hey" to get her attention. She always told me that "hay was for horses" and to call her by name. My thoughts and prayers to all of her family. She surely rests in peace.

Debbie Luchen Jul 03 ,2019

Family friend ,Spring Hill ,Florida

My heart goes out to your family and I am sending lots of love your way. While I will not be able to physically be there please know that I will be there in spirit. Love to all of you.

Brenda Boyd Jul 03 ,2019

Worked with Kay at Frank Rushton ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Kay at Frank Rushton. She always had a smile on her face and a camera in her hand. She was great at documenting the staff and school events through her photography. Please accept my condolences.

Scott Shaffer Jul 03 ,2019

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Mark Sorry for your loss. Losing your mother is one of the hardest things to go through. I'll be praying for you and your family. God Bless you.

Michael Flanagan Jul 03 ,2019

Friend and Fraternity Brother ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Steve, Mark, and the rest of the Raab Family. I am so sorry to hear the sad news. If there is anything that I can do to make your journey any easier, please let me know. May perpetual light shine upon your mother.

Michael Flanagan Jul 03 ,2019

Friend and Fraternity Brother ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Steve, Mark, and the rest of the Raab Family. I am so sorry to hear the sad news. If there is anything that I can do to make your journey any easier, please let me know. May perpetual light shine upon your mother.

Paul Raab Jul 04 ,2019

My father's (Mathias Raab) cousin Lou's wife Kay, aka from the California cousin's... ,Camarillo ,California

We are sorry for your (and our) loss of one of the last of ours from the greatest generation. Your California cousins will keep you all in our prayers this week as you lay Kay to rest next to Lou. We know that through the risen Christ we will all meet them again.

Rick Fladung and wife Lynn Jul 05 ,2019

Brother to Tricia and brother in law to Mark and fraternity brother to and Rockhurst High graduate with Steve, Mark and Mike Raab ,Houston ,Texas

Sorry the Texas Fladungs can not be with you at the funeral tomorrow. But visualize Kay's husband Louis, her son Mike, her daughter Joan, her parents Michael and Martha Riley, her sister Shirley Ann Riley and brother Joseph Riley greeting her into the gates to heaven. God bless y'all.

Diane quinlan perna Jul 05 ,2019

Cousins beau ,Princeton ,New Jersey

Dear Tom and family we are so sorry to hear about your mothers passing our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time Diane Mike Jenny Stephen and Michael Perna

Jim and Sharron Pruitt Jul 06 ,2019

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Larry Wells Jul 06 ,2019

Family ,Merriam ,Kansas

I was unable to attend Kay’s funeral services today. I was very much looking forward to visiting with the Raab family today, I miss you all dearly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Kay was such a wonderful caring person, and touched so many lives. Love you all.

James, Veronique and Afi Dobson Jul 06 ,2019

Friend of Sons Mark, Steve and Tommie ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Kay and Louis Raab were a standard in the old Guardian Angels neighbourhood, school and church in midtown Kansas City. All, and I mean all, of their children were really loved and respected by their classmates and neighbours. If a Raab kid was your classmate or friend, you knew that you had someone at your back. This is mostly because they were raised by Kay and Louis Raab who had rock sold mid-western Kansas City values. To be a friend of one of the Raab children was an honour. Rest in Peace Kay, job well done, life well lived. You are finally back with Lou. You are a blessing, and your children continue that heritage.

Patty McGraw Babcock Jul 10 ,2019

Tom and Peg McGraw's daughter ,El Campo ,Texas

We are sorry to hear of Kay's passing. Mom knew Kay was in bad health and we planned a 90th birthday trip from Texas to Kansas City for her to visit Kay, Patty Payne and Mary Holman. We will be in KC on July 19th. Kay was so fun and friendly! Our parents had so many fun memories together! I will always remember your mom was the first person I saw with a 35mm camera! She took a lot of pictures at our family events so, I would love to have any pictures with my parents in them that you are not interested in keeping. Cherish the memories

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Church of the Ascension
Address:
9510 West 127th Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Jul 06 ,2019
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Church of the Ascension
Address:
9510 West 127th Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66213
Date:
Jul 06 ,2019
Time:
10:30 AM
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