Hannah Potter

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OLEAN, N.Y. - Hannah Digel Potter, a resident of Hillcrest Avenue in Olean, passed away Sunday (Sept. 27, 2015) at her home.
Hannah was born May 3, 1924, in Bradford, Pa., and was a daughter of Robert A. and Mirabel Hamlin Digel. On Nov. 24, 1950, at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Smethport, Pa., she married Frank Dixon Potter, who predeceased her in 1976.
Hannah was a graduate of Smethport High School, class of 1941. She was graduated from William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1945. Upon her graduation, she attended Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City and was employed as an administrative assistant in Philadelphia, Pa.
After her marriage in 1950, Hannah and her husband lived in Tulsa, Okla., and Aurora, Colo., before making their home in Olean in 1965.
Hannah was a devoted volunteer. She was recruited in 1966 to work as a hostess/admission service volunteer with the Olean General Hospital Auxiliary. Hannah subsequently chaired various Auxiliary committees and held many Auxiliary offices including president. Additionally, she served as the Western Regional Representative to the Hospital Association of New York's Committee on Hospital Auxiliaries from 1883 to 1986.
From 1987 to 1997, Hannah served as a member of the Olean General Hospital Board of Directors; she served on the Executive Committee, the Scholarship Committee, Patient Assistance Fund Committee, and as the board representative to the hospital's Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee. Hannah sat on the board during the acquisition of St. Francis Hospital, the planning of the hospital's building and renovation project, and the formation of the Olean General Hospital Foundation. She was a charter member of the Foundation's board on which she served from 1996 through 2004, most of those years as board secretary.
Hannah's service to Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Olean, including being the first woman elected to its vestry on which she served for fifteen years, including six as a warden. She was also a member and past president of the Parish Council of Women and Saint Mark's Guild and served as a lay reader.
Ever since childhood, Hannah spent each summer at her family's cottage on Round Island in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River in New York. She loved her summers at "the River" and especially enjoyed relaxing on the front porch watching the seaway freighters, and piloting her boat, the How-Dee-Doo.
Surviving family members include her daughter Katie Potter (Jonathan) Oakleaf of Canton, Conn., and her son Howard (wife Peggy Kreydt) Potter of Franklin Park, Pa.; three grandchildren, Jessica Hannah (husband Jonathan Fowler) Oakleaf, Bryn Elizabeth Oakleaf, and Ann Marie Potter; her sisters Mirabel D. Sweet and Anne D. Potter; her brother Robert A. Digel Jr.; and several nieces and nephews whom she remembered each year with birthday cards. Her brother Howard E. Digel predeceased her.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 East State Street, Olean, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean, the Rev. Kim Rossi celebrating.
Memorials may be made to Olean General Hospital, 515 Main St., Olean, NY 14760 or to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean, NY 14760.

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Guenther Funeral Home Inc
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Olean, NY 14760
(716) 372-7133
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Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2015
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