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Yahn, Winona H.  
ALLEGANY - Winona H. Yahn, formerly of Willard Street and later Eden Heights, passed away Saturday (Jan. 25, 2015) at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Olean. Born Aug. 16, 1918, in Jackson Heights, Queens, she was a daughter of Hugo and Conerly Brooks Haseloff. In 1936, at St. Mary of the Angels Church, Olean, she married Arthur E. Yahn Jr., who predeceased her Dec. 29, 1983. Mrs. Yahn, known to all for her devotion to her Catholic faith, artistic talents and serving others, attended college with a full scholarship at Alfred University from 1936 to 1937. After her marriage, she attended Radcliff College until 1938 and later the University of Pennsylvania until 1939. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University in 1957 at the age of 40. She began employment as a physical education teacher at St. John's Parochial School and then taught art classes and physical education at Archbishop Walsh High School for 20 years, retiring in the early 1990s at the age of 73. She was a member of St. Bonaventure Church and her affiliation with the Third Order of Secular Franciscans was a keystone of how she lived her entire life. That included being a tireless promoter of encouraging students to recite the Rosary. In 1984, she was named Walsh Person of the Year. She won a number of awards for her religious art over the years and in 1955 received the first-place popular vote award for her artistic rendering of Our Lady of Fatima. She volunteered as a former set designer for the Little Theater Group and was a longtime member of the Olean Art Guild. She created a set of oil paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross for St. Michael's Church in Westons Mills, and also for a Mission church for the Catholic Church Extension Society. Additionally, she made and donated many other religious objects for Mission churches through the Catholic Extension Society. Another talent she shared was her pencil portraits provided to BonaFest for many years. She was one of the founding members of Olean Birthright in the 1970s and was very active with the group for many years. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (James) McAuley of Hinsdale; 19 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson of Beijing; a sister, Diane Lucas of Wellington, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte Murphy of Cuba. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Hugo Yahn and Arthur Yahn; and two daughters, Winona Sullivan and infant Mary Ann Yahn. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 31, 2015) at St. Bonaventure Church. The Rev. James Vacco, OFM, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bonaventure Church.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Jan. 26 to Feb. 25, 2015
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