Hanna Kahl Hyland

hanna hyland

October 18, 1932 ~ June 9, 2024

Born in: Suesel, Germany
Resided in: Wallingford, CT

Hanna Kahl Hyland passed away peacefully on June 9, 2024, at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, CT, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Hanna was born in October 1932 in Suesel, a small village in Northern Germany. After the War, she emigrated to England at age 22, and became a nurse. There she met her husband, Dr. John Hyland. She enrolled in St. Martin’s School of Art in London to study sculpture. In 1967, John and Hanna moved to the U.S. and settled in Hamden, CT. She continued her art training and became an accomplished artist, working in sculpture, painting, miniatures, and especially dolls. She became a renowned doll artist, creating fairy tale dioramas, fashion dolls, Hittie dolls, in apples, wood, and porcelain. She created a doll for the movie “The Patriot,” Tiffany commissioned her to create fairy tale dioramas for their window, and she was invited to create 12 fairy tale dioramas for her dedicated room in the Kentucky Gateway Miniature Museum. Her dolls were regularly featured on the cover of Doll magazines.

Hanna was an outstanding cook and loved to entertain. She personified elegance and charm, loved literature and classical music, gardening, her cats, skiing, and late in life took up memoir writing. She surrounded herself with a rich web of loyal friends and her extended Irish, German and American family.

Hanna was predeceased by her husband, John Hyland, and by her two sisters. She is survived by her brother, Addi Kahl, and by her nieces and nephews from the extended Kahl and Hyland families, and their families. A memorial for friends and family was held in Wallingford, CT on June 14, 2024.

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  1. I loved Hanna and I will miss her. She was such a beautiful person and an amazing artist ! I loved talking with her and many times we talked well over an hour. She was always telling me interesting stories about her life. We did shows together at Toy Fair in NY. Hanna made absolutely beautiful hand carved wooden dolls. We would email photos to each other of our work, my paintings and her miniature dolls. I could always trust Hanna’s advice. I will miss her voice. My heart is hurting.

  2. To the friends and family of Hanna,
    We are truly sad for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are frequent for those who suffer due to the anguish of losing a loved one. We all experience this loss but the Bible teaches that God shares your loss and your pain at Psalm 116:15.
    The scriptures brought us comfort when we’ve lost loved ones and I hope it helps at this most difficult time. Because those who pass on are precious in Gods eyes, He’s provided the scriptures to give comfort but also show us his purpose for those who have entered rest. For comfort from the Bible please visit bit.ly/truthlifedeath

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