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JOSEPH RABA Jr.


1936 - 2018 Obituary Condolences Gallery
JOSEPH RABA Jr. Obituary
JOSEPH RABA JR. Joseph Raba Jr., 81, passed away peacefully July 29, 2018, in Las Vegas. He was born November 30, 1936, in New Jersey, to Joseph Raba and Genevieve "Betty" Raba. Joe graduated Patterson State Teachers College with a bachelor's degree and later received his master's degree from Long Beach State College. Joe taught elementary school for many years in California, and then New York. He was a favorite teacher of generations of children. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Virginia. Joe is survived by his beloved husband, Melgar Guevarra; children, Elizabeth (Bryan) Raba, Veronica (Martin) Ziac and Stan (Jump) Raba, and their mother, Alma. Joe also leaves behind his granddaughters, Catherine, Julia and Madeline; grandsons, Nathaniel, Ben and Abe; sister, Dorothy; nieces; nephews; and innumerable friends. Joe was truly one-of-a-kind. His enthusiasm for life expressed itself in countless ways. He was a certified Master Gardener, a Blackjack dealer, a member of the Orchid Society, a student of Tai Chi, a former teachers' union leader, a marathon runner (completing the New York City Marathon twice), a world traveler, a deviled egg expert, a proud Polish-American and an avid patron of the arts. He had a quick wit, a big heart and could have a conversation of substance on almost any topic. The family will be holding a memorial service in Las Vegas at a later date. Donations may be made to , www.heifer.org In lieu of flowers, please share a Joe story with someone you love.
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