Margaret Hahn, 93; owned pastry shop

Margaret E. Hahn
Margaret E. Hahn
Posted: March 25, 2014

 Margaret E. Hahn, 93, of Harleysville, formerly of Southampton, a pastry shop owner-operator, died Monday, March 17, of causes related to aging at the Birches at Arbour Square, Harleysville.

The Hahn family was known for the bakery it ran in Northeast Philadelphia and later, Bucks County. Mrs. Hahn made her family and helping to run the shop her life's work.

The former Margaret E. Brenner was born in Germany.

At age 6, she moved with her family to Philadelphia. Mrs. Hahn graduated from Olney High School, and then started a job at Hahn's Bakery, which was run by Carl Hahn. There she met her husband-to-be, Adolf Hahn, Carl's nephew.

The Hahns married in 1940, settled in the Castor Gardens section of the city, and a decade later opened their own business, Hahn's Pastry Shop, at 7057 Castor Ave.

"The shop carried a full line of baked goods but was known for its Black Forest cake and its stollen," said her son, A. George Hahn. Stollen is a sweet bread that contains fruit. It can be coated with sugar or icing.

In 1960, thinking to retire, the two sold the business and moved to Southampton, Bucks County. But their hiatus from the bakery business was short-lived. "They had the bug. They couldn't sit still," he said.

In 1963, they opened Hahn's Pastry Shop in Warminster, across from Archbishop Wood High School. The shop made baked goods for caterers and country clubs. On a typical weekend, the employees produced 34 wedding cakes, her son said. Mrs. Hahn kept the books and ran the front end of the store.

In 1983, the Hahns retired from day-to-day operations, handing them over to their son. He continued the business until selling it in 1996. It closed in 1998.

Mrs. Hahn was an avid reader and a whiz at crossword puzzles. She was a skilled pinochle player and loved trying her luck on the slot machines in the Atlantic City casinos.

In addition to her son, she is survived by three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A 9 a.m. viewing on Monday, March 24, will be followed by an 11 a.m. funeral at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 241 E. Butler Ave., New Britain. Interment is in Forest Hills Cemetery, Huntingdon Valley.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


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