DARIEN, Conn. — Grace Jeanne Pohlmann Jahn, a resident of Delaware, Ohio and Twin Lakes, Pa., and formerly a longtime resident of Darien, Conn., died Sunday, May 15. She was 83.
Born Jan. 5, 1933 in Middletown, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Harry F. Pohlmann and Mabel Myers Pohlmann.
She graduated from Smith College in 1953, then received her MBA from Harvard/Radcliffe. She was an active volunteer in the Darien community and schools. A member of the Smith College Club of Darien/New Canaan, she devoted more than 40 years working as a volunteer for the Smith College Club of Darien/New Canaan’s Annual Used Book Sale, raising money for scholarships at Smith.
She adored her time spent each winter with her co-volunteers and Smith alums, lugging countless tomato boxes filled with books to the basement of Waveny Mansion then sorting, pricing and packing away until the doors opened at the sale every spring.
She believed in seeing the good in people and was a champion for the underdog, which explained the various shelter dogs she adopted and loved so fiercely.
She is survived by two daughters, Maddy Jahn Bacher (Tom) of Green, Ohio and Jessy Jahn Sullivan (John) of Dublin, Ohio; and four grandsons, Joby Bacher (fiancée Becca McNulty) of Tallmadge, Ohio, Tommy Bacher of Green, Ohio and Colin Sullivan and Malachy Sullivan of Dublin, Ohio.
She was predeceased by her husband, C. Richard Jahn.
A small chapel service for the family and friends at the Inn will be conducted Sunday. A celebration of her life will be conducted in July with a gathering of friends and family at her Twin Lakes home. Interment will be at Walkill Cemetery in Middletown, N.Y. in July.
In lieu of flowers, any acts of kindness in her memory or a donation in her name to The Smith Fund at Smith College, 33 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063, would be appreciated.
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