Rosemary A. Hayn, 91, hospital secretary and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

Posted: April 18, 2013

ROSEMARY A. HAYN had three main passions: chocolate, children and clothes.

"I call them the 'three C's,' " said her son Kurt Hayn. "She loved chocolate and loved to shop for clothes, but she really loved children, her own and anybody else's. And they were all invited to the house. You never knew who would be at the kitchen table.

"I think it was their pure innocence that she loved."

Rosemary's nine grandchildren were her special treats. She would greet each one with hugs and kisses when they visited, and her eyes would well up with tears.

"Asking her why, she would say, 'Oh, Honey, just because I missed you so much,' " her grandchildren wrote in a tribute to her.

Rosemary Hayn, who came from a big Irish family in Brooklyn, N.Y., a fashion model in her teen years in New York City, onetime medical secretary at Paoli Memorial Hospital, and devoted family matriarch, died March 31. She was 91 and was living in the Shannondell at Valley Forge retirement home in Audubon, Montgomery County.

She was the second youngest of the 11 children of James and Anna Riley. She worked as a runway model in New York, an experience that led to her lifelong passion for stylish clothing - especially those on sale.

She was married to Frank Albert Hayn, a Navy fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. He died in 1981.

She worked for a time on Wall Street before she and her husband moved to the Philadelphia area, where she concentrated on raising their five children.

The couple lived most of their lives in Malvern. After her husband's death, Rosemary worked for Paoli Memorial Hospital.

"Not only was Grandma the prettiest lady on the outside, her heart was equally as beautiful," the grandchildren wrote. "Having fun with the grandkids was very important and Grandma always made it enjoyable."

She liked to teach the kids songs, and her favorite was, "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window."

"Grandma had a definite sweet spot for sweets. She loved her chocolate doughnuts, various Entenmann's pastries, and, of course, her all-time favorite, vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge sundaes at Friendly's.

"Without fail, though, Grandma would always go home with some chocolate sauce on her shirt or pants.

"Grandma missed very few of our events. She was always right where we could see her and if she didn't think we could see her, she would make her presence known either by clapping the loudest, or waving her hands uncontrollably."

Christmas was a big event for Rosemary. She enjoyed loading the kids down with gifts. "She never wanted her grandkids to be without something, even when we did not deserve it," they said.

"She celebrated with us and she cried with us," her son said. "She never judged you. Her arms were always open to a person in need."

Besides her son, she is survived by three daughters, Susan Ryan, Leslie John and Rosemary Hayn; another son, Frank; her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services: Were April 6. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

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