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Bunny Slavin
Olean High School Class of 1958

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Bunny Slavin
1940 - 2018

Bunny Slavin Howell
"Bunny" Slavin
Class of 1958

OLEAN - Kathryn Marie "Bunny" Howell, of 537 E. Spring St., went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday (Nov. 10, 2018) shortly after arrival, at Olean General Hospital, following an illness.

Bunny was born on May 14, 1940, in Olean, and was a daughter of James Harold and Ruth Scheiterle Salvin. On July 10, 1966, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Olean, she married her loving husband of 48 years, Harry Frederick Howell, who predeceased her on Sept. 27, 2014.

Bunny was a 1958 graduate of Olean High School.

She started working at Hunter Insurance Agency straight out of high school, where she worked all of her career of almost 50 years, retiring in the early 2000s.

With Fred, Bunny was active in the Walther League/Youth Group, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where they were both lifelong members. With her sister Diana, she was an active, creative force in the church's Mother's Club and enjoyed serving communion to shut-ins. Bunny also served as an elder; she was on the Board of the ICCC; and was a joyous member of the choir. Bunny loved her church and spending time with her friends, but she truly loved spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and children, and her best friend and sister, Diana.

Bunny had a truly hilarious and engaging sense of humor. She was usually the life of the party and enjoyed singing with her mom, Ruth; her three sisters and brother; her daughter; nieces; sister-in-law; and her many friends. She had a special knack for making people feel loved, and served as honorary "mom" to many in our community, as well as others. Bunny was a devoted Buffalo Bills fan - through all the highs and lows. In her youth, with her dearly loved husband, Fred, she loved bowling, skiing, singing around the piano at the old Olean House and watching him play ball all over Western NY and Northwestern PA. Bunny is survived by two children, Tracee L. Howell of Bradford, Pa. and Christopher S. (Julie) Howell of Franklinville; five grandchildren, Jackson C., Isaac T. and Lily M. Howell, and Anna E. and Amy L. O'Neal; four siblings, James H. (Ann) Slavin of Phoenix, Ariz., Carol A. Roadcap of Apalachin, Jacquelin C. (Gary) Kratochvil of Johnson City and Diana L. (Tim) Scanlon of Olean; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Nov. 13, 2018) in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 14, 2018) in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 419 Laurens St., Olean, NY 14760.

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Published in Olean Times Herald on Nov. 13, 2018.