Albert John Raab, 1920-2000


John and Rosemary Raab, 50th Wedding Anniversary 1996


My father died sixteen years ago today. He suffered with Parkinson’s disease for over ten years. My folks worked together in a grocery with my brother for forty-five years. Read my article that was published in 2008 about his life and how I carry on his life from the grocery store into my ministry as a priest. May he rest in peace.

8 thoughts on “Albert John Raab, 1920-2000

  1. What a beautiful tribute! Thank you for sharing. I remember many of the same phrases from my childhood and now they certainly have a deeper meaning for me. Your words of wisdom continue to enrich my spiritual journey. God bless you!

  2. I’m glad you shared this, Fr. Ron…made me think of my Dad, his similar sayings and how they continue to influence me 25 years after his passing. A great way to start the day!

  3. Fr. Ron, I’m so glad that I met you and wish i has met your Dad. He sounds a lot like mine. I could not hold back my tears during reading your wonderful article. I’ve written about my father, born in 1911 and passed on in 1997, but not nearly so eloquently. I’ve saved this in my Reference file, My 3 R-Fathers about you.

  4. I’m sure there were a lot of phrases you could have used, but you choose some really good ones. What I really like though is how a message transforms in meaning, and transforms our lives – differently each time we ponder it. It is a marvelous gift from God.

  5. Dear Ron,

    What a touching tribute to your wonderful dad! I have been thinking a lot about my dad, too! His 19th anniversary of death is coming up on December the 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I often hear people say that when someone close to you passes away so close to Christmas, it ruins the holiday. I think and believe that just the opposite is true! My faith comforts me with the joyful anticipation of Jesus’ birth among us, and all the festive nature of these days bring to mind many happy memories of my dad. I feel blessed to remember him during this season, because of all the strength and joy he gave me. May our Dads continue to pray for us, and remind us of our calling to serve! Happy Advent, Ron!- Danny Z-man

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