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ASHLAND – Boksoon Hahn, 91, passed away peacefully on Feb 16, 2022 after a period of declining health. 

Born in Seoul, South Korea Feb 15, 1931, she was the wife of the late Kyu-Young Hahn. 

Before moving to the United States, she graduated from Ewha Women’s University and then worked as the Secretary to the wife (Franziska Donner) of the President of the Republic of Korea (Syngman Rhee). They lived in Paris, France where her husband was a diplomat for the Korean government for several years. 

Afterwards, they moved to New Haven, CT where they lived for over 35 years.  Boksoon received her Masters at Southern CT State College and then worked at Yale, eventually becoming the Head of East Asian Collections at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. 

After retiring from Yale, she moved to Ashland, and subsequently worked at the Ashland Public Library. 

Boksoon was a member of the Federated Church of Ashland, active at the Senior Center, participating in art, exercise classes, and senior trips, but mostly loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Clayton and Christian. 

She is pre-deceased by her husband, Kyu Young Hahn and a son, Lawrence Hahn.  She is survived by a daughter, Susan Rieck and her husband Michael of Ashland, MA, her grandchildren, Clayton and fiancé Francine Camacho of Ashland, MA, and Christian of Ashland, MA; also, nephews, Sung Do Park and his wife Chun Bok Lee of Korea, Jai Ahn and his wife Hye Song of CA, and Hoon Chung and his wife Karen of CA.

A funeral service will be held Saturday March 5th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. Ashland, with burial to follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland. 

Visiting hours will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Federated Church of Ashland, 118 Main St. Ashland, MA  01721       

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