Herbert Edward Mahn
March 28, 1921 ~ June 16, 2017
Herbert E. Mahn was born at home and grew up in Stoneham, MA. His family included his father Herbert Augustus Mahn, his mother Edith Maria Mahn and his sister Beverly Ruth Mahn (Surette). He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1940. After High School he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. on various municipal projects in New England. He once wrote that his ambition was to own a diversified farm. He was in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMASS when war broke out in 1941 and he enlisted in 1942. After Officer Training School, he was commissioned and deployed as a Tank Unit Commander, first in Tunisia North Africa, and then in Italy. His highest rank was 1st lieutenant. He assisted in the liberation of Rome, and later fought in the Apennines and Po Valley. He was injured by a land mine but recovered in Livorno from extensive wounds to his legs and back. His right knee was reconstructed and he returned to his 751st Tank Battalion. He was awarded the Purple Heart and 5 battle Stars for the campaigns in which he participated.
During the war, his parents had moved to Westport CT. While visiting them, he met his future wife, Gladys Tranberg, from a large Swedish family in Fairfield. They were married on June 14, 1947 in First Church of Christ, Fairfield. They had two children, Susan Beverly and Cynthia Elaine and built a house on Colonial Road in Westport. Herbert’s small business, the Model Garage was within walking distance. He once wrote that the job he liked the most was “repairing all the war-weary cars that wheezed in”. He sold the business in the late 1960’s and became a Vocational Instructor, teaching Automotive Technologies for the State of Connecticut, mainly at Bullard-Havens Technical High School. He retired in 1983 to the small town of New Hampton NH and built a house. He remained active as part of the Community Church, as a sewer commissioner, and Tree Farm owner. He also joined an antique car club, having restored both a 1930 V-16 Imperial Sedan Cadillac, and a 1931 Ford Model A Cabriolet. He served the town’s Gordon-Nash library as a Trustee and helped run their annual book sale. He spent time with his married daughters, sons-in-law Ralph Slater and Jeffrey Schaefer, the grandchildren, Robert, Andrew, and Steven Slater, and Rebecca Schaefer. In their 80s, the Mahns returned to CT where Gladys died at age 87 after 64 years of marriage. Herbert was in Assisted Living Facilities in Norwalk and Wilton until he died.
The funeral service will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave. Norwalk at 12 noon Saturday July 22. Calling hours are from 10 to 12 prior to the service. An Interment at the family plot in Stoneham MA will take place on Monday July 24. In lieu of flowers it is requested that contributions be made in his name to the Friends of Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St., New Hampton, NH 03256.