Calling Hours:
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 4:00-6:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Mass of Christian Burial:
Monday, March 15, 2021, 10:30am
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Christopher Barnes, Pastor, officiating

Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery

All in attendance for services will be required
to wear a mask.

Colleen Marie Barwell, 68, of Greenville and Pittsburgh, died unexpectedly on March 9, 2021.

Born May 25, 1952 in Greenville to the late Gerald and Juanita (Bortz) Junk, she married the late Edward Barwell on July 25, 1970.

Colleen graduated from Greenville High School in 1970, having been named Homecoming Queen in 1969. She was a member of Student Council, Leaders Club, Library Club (serving as Vice President and President) and Spanish Club (serving as Vice President and Treasurer).

Colleen worked at Loblaw’s in high school and Lysek’s while her children were young. She was a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service for 21 years and truly loved her job and her customers. She organized the first Food Drive program for the Post Office in 1994 and ran it until she retired. She also served for years as the Union Steward. Colleen was a lifelong member of St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteered in the office and taught CCD to fifth graders for many years.

She was a member of the Greenville Coin Club and a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Greenville Public Library and was a member of the quilting group at Holy Trinity Lutheran. Colleen loved riding on the back of the Harley with Ed and she was very involved in A.B.A.T.E. of Mercer County and A.B.A.T.E. of PA in their early years. She loved reading, listening to music and dancing around the house, attending concerts, sewing, swimming, and animal rescue. She especially loved Pittsburgh Pirates baseball and, more than anything, she loved being a mom. She was involved in PTA and other groups at West Side Elementary School, was Treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 92 and organized Girl Scout cookie sales for Troop 109.

Colleen is survived by her daughter, Michelle Marie Barwell of Pittsburgh, brothers Tom & Gloria Junk and Shawn & Michelle Junk, sisters Diane Junk, Sheila Junk, Patti Junk, Bridget & Jerry Noble and Maureen & John Gray, sister-in-law Patricia & Michael Smith. She also had 28 nieces and nephews whom she cherished. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward, her son Ryan Edward Barwell, and her brother-in-law Dennis Barwell.

In lieu of flowers, Michelle is requesting that donations be sent to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Western PA Chapter, 1597 Washington Pike, Suite A38 Box 272, Bridgeville, PA 15017, St. Michael’s School Fund, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125, or Forever Home Beagle Rescue, 326 Bellbrook St., Pittsburgh, PA 15226



  1. Nancy Barker Nancy Barker
    March 12, 2021    

    You mother was an amazing and kind woman. I wish I had met her earlier in my life. When she came to visit me we did bond. I saw her kind and caring heart.

    I can’t fly but know I’m with you in my heart and through God.

  2. Marilyn Hough and family Marilyn Hough and family
    March 12, 2021    

    Michelle, we are so deeply sorry. Your mom was a beautiful lady with a heart to match.How blessed I am to have known her. I will always keep her memory tucked in my heart. There are just not enough words to describe how my heart aches for you and know I’m just a text away. She’ll be with you always and that will never change. Sending much love and prayers to you.

  3. Michele (Gladysz) Meyer Michele (Gladysz) Meyer
    March 12, 2021    

    Deepest sympathy. For the loss of your mom. I am sure some where other than they day we were born, I may have met your mom. She sounds like she was an amazing woman.
    Hugs and prayers

  4. Joan K Joan K
    March 12, 2021    

    A beautiful lady both inside and out. She will be sorely missed by many

  5. Kathy Love Kathy Love
    March 12, 2021    

    Michele – When a group of us reconnected many years after high school, Colleen was, of course, part of that. Whether we met for dinner or for a long weekend destination, the intervening years just seemed to melt away and we picked up where we left off. She was so proud of you and I don’t know of any mother/daughter who were as close. My sincerest condolences. I hope you find comfort in the knowledge that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many.

  6. Kathy Budzynski Kathy Budzynski
    March 12, 2021    

    Michelle I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman and a wonderful mom and friend. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. She will always be with you.

  7. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    March 12, 2021    

    It was sad to learn of Colleen’s recent passing, as I had gotten to know her better through coin club in recent years. She will be missed along with her Eddie from motorcycle riding days gone by. Condolences and God’s speed to all of your families and may she forever rest in peace!

  8. Ford Seats Team Ford Seats Team
    March 12, 2021    

    Sara Gray and Family,
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Nick Moss Nick Moss
    March 13, 2021    

    Michelle, Coleen was so proud of her daughter and what she accomplished. I never knew her to be anything but the most genuine and positive person. Truly someone who deserved happiness. I personally am deeply saddened at her passing and know your loss must be unbearable. My sincerest condolences to you. My heart aches for you and all who held her dear. She was special.

  10. The family of Mark Stewart The family of Mark Stewart
    March 13, 2021    

    The Junk And Barwell Family………………… So very sorry for your loss of Coleen.. You aew in our thoughts and prayers during this diffucult time..

  11. robert wilson robert wilson
    March 13, 2021    

    miss the old days of riding with Ed and Colleen had a lot of good time together, sorry for your loss.

  12. Diane Diane
    March 13, 2021    

    Michelle, Chris and I are so sorry for your loss. You are close to our thoughts and in our prayers. Sending you much love.

  13. Peggy and Bill Paden Peggy and Bill Paden
    March 13, 2021    

    Michelle, we are so sorry for the loss of your Mother! She was a beautiful soul with a deep love and caring heart! She was so extremely proud of you! My heart aches for you! You have the knowledge knowing you did the best for your Mom and were her best friend and have wonderful memories to hold onto! Sending you hugs, love and our prayers!

  14. Alice and Kerry, too! Alice and Kerry, too!
    March 13, 2021    

    Michelle, Always remember you are so loved. You and your Mom had made many, many wonderful memories and eventually you will come to realize how those memories will help sustain you. You did a wonderful job on the obit. You inherited your Mom’s compassion for putting others first. Lots of thoughts and prayers and love surround you.

  15. Mary Ibbs Studholme Mary Ibbs Studholme
    March 13, 2021    

    Michelle, sorry for the loss of your dear mom. You should be proud of yourself knowing how close the two of you were & how much you did together. I enjoyed watching your adventures at the baseball games. God Bless Colleen, my dear friend.

  16. Doug and Connie heritage Doug and Connie heritage
    March 14, 2021    

    Colleen and Ed have been our friends for nearly forty years!Our friendship has stayed strong all these years and we will surely miss Colleen! We would talk on the phone for an hour at a time. I loved her outlook on life. She was a great mom! The first time I met her she was playing with Michele and Ryan in backyard little kids pool laughing, soaking wet, kids screaming in fun having a blast! Her greatest joy was her children! Ed was her great love! Michele you are her best friend and daughter. It just doesn’t get better than that! She loved you so much and you got each other through a lot of horrible times! But you need to remember that our loved ones are always near and live eternally in our hearts. She will never leave your heart❤️

  17. Joseph L & Anna Marie Fry (Consiglio) Joseph L & Anna Marie Fry (Consiglio)
    March 15, 2021    

    To Michelle, the Junk & Barwell family,
    Our DEEPEST SYMPATHIES to the complete family. I remember Colleen from school and from the neighborhood also. She like her sisters was always so sweet and had such a pleasant personality also. May the beautiful memories that you shared with your mom, Michelle be etched into your heart forever. My thoughts & prayers are with you Michelle.
    The heavens have gained a beautiful Angel this past week. Rest in Peace Colleen.

    Joseph L. & Anna Marie Fry (Consiglio)

  18. Linda & Bill Evancho Linda & Bill Evancho
    March 15, 2021    


    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  19. Terri Livingston & Family Terri Livingston & Family
    March 17, 2021    

    To Colleen’s family and dear friends,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies. My life has been blessed for meeting and getting to know Collen through the pool classes I conducted at Momentum Therapeutics in Greenville. She was a hoot! Wow was she proud of you Michelle. We were blessed when she brought her sister Patti to join the pool class with us!
    She enjoyed life to the fullest. We missed her when she made the decision to focus on her new house / current house renovations. She will be one those people that I’ll always remember because of the joy she brought to our lives.
    Until week meet again, RIP Colleen.

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