Colleen M. (Donahue) Yahn (62) passed away peacefully on Monday February 21, 2022. She was born in
Tucson, AZ on January 16, 1960.
Colleen grew up in Boscobel, WI and was a long-time resident of western Michigan until relocating to
Stoughton, Wisconsin in 2021.
She is survived by her daughters: Valerie (Gabe) Drews, Downers Grove, IL, Nichole (Chris) Okapal,
Yorkville, IL, her identical twin sister Char (Jim) Laursen, Punta Gorda, FL, sisters: Deborah Donahue
(Steve Peer), Woodman, WI, Beth Donahue Childs, Bastrop TX, Barb Keller (Bill Becker), Boscobel, WI, Ellen
(Glenn) Crary, Reedsburg, WI. Grandsons: William and Oliver Drews, Downers Grove, IL, Lincoln and
Hudson Okapal, Yorkville, IL. Dave Hackett, fiancé, Stoughton, WI. Aunt: Diane Rude (McLoud,
Oklahoma), Three (3) cousins, Seven (7) nieces and nephews and eight (8) great nieces and nephews and
numerous friends from all walks of her life. Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, (Judy Devlin
and William Donahue) grandparents (Lucille and Jasper Rude) and fiancé (David Meints).
Colleen loved the connections she made with people and thrived in her work as a hairdresser,
restaurant manager and event coordinator. She was a loving caring person who always had a smile and
kind word for everyone leaving an imprint on our hearts with her warmth. She loved life and its simple
pleasures. Colleen had a natural gift of music and could listen to a song once, pick up her trumpet and
play it for all to enjoy. Colleen loved to connect with nature and spent countless hours fishing, boating
and planting flowers; she was so at peace in the quiet of the trees, water and all living things.
Colleen was born twelve (12) weeks early and was a fighter and protector throughout her life. She was
always there to lend a hand, a kind word, smile or anything you needed. Although her time with us was
short, her impact was powerful and everlasting. She can rest peacefully knowing her legacy of inner
beauty, strength and giving nature will be carried on by her twin sister, beautiful daughters and
grandsons from here…….
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday April 30, 2022 from 12pm – 4pm at the American Inn,
Boscobel, WI 1700 Elm St Boscobel, WI 53805. We will be gathering to reminisce, grieve, support each
other and share our favorite memories of Colleen and of course listen to her favorite music…….
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