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William H. Jahn, 76, of Holland, a retired cable splicer for the former New York Telephone Co., died Thursday (March 26, 1998) at his home after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Seneca High School and was employed at the Curtiss-Wright aviation plant in Cheektowaga in 1941 and 1942 before entering the Navy in June 1942. He served aboard the USS Alcor and was an electrician's mate, first class, when discharged in 1945.

Jahn then began his career with New York Telephone, working at various offices in Western New York. He was assigned to the East Aurora office when he retired in 1981.

He was an active member and president of the Men's Fellowship at St. Andrew's Evangelical Reformed Church in Buffalo, now known as Epiphany United Church of Christ. He also was superintendent of the church's Sunday school.

For several years, he was manager of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church's softball team.

He was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Fruchtl; four daughters, Judith Parker of Batavia, Linda Wilson of Buffalo, and Karen Koscianski and Cynthia Rossette, both of West Seneca; a stepdaughter, Jane Jeffords of Byron; three brothers, Herbert of Sarasota, Fla.; Robert of North Tonawanda and Elmer of Angola; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main St., East Aurora. Burial will be in Sardinia Rural Cemetery, Sardinia.


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