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Died at her home in Marion Township, (Ellwood City) on April 3, 2012. She is survived by Robert Barensfeld, her loving husband of nearly 63 years. She was born on December 13, 1927 in Ellwood City, PA, the daughter of Geraldine M. and Ralph D. Evans. Survivors include a daughter, Christine Barensfeld (John Hagerman) of Boxford, MA; a son, David Barensfeld (Wendy) of Marion Township; surviving grandchildren include, Janice and Phoebe Hagerman, Sarah Barensfeld Rizk (Rob Rizk), Mary Barensfeld and Anna Barensfeld; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rizk. Mrs. Barensfeld was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. (1982) and by a younger sister, Joyce Evans Schanz (John). Other survivors include, Mrs. Schanz's four children and their families. Mrs. Barensfeld was a life-long resident of the Ellwood City area and a strong supporter of local institutions and charities. Among these were the Ellwood City Hospital, where she was active in the Hospital Auxiliary and served on the board of directors from 1978 to 2010. She chaired the building and grounds committee. She was a founding member of the Town & Country Garden Club and of the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, where she and her husband were active supporters. She belonged to Christ Church and to the Ellwood City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She played golf for many years as a member of the ladies league of the Connoquenessing Country Club and was a discerning collector of American antiques. Mrs. Barensfeld was a granddaughter of David A. Evans, the founder (1910) of Ellwood Group, Inc. As a shareholder and long-time director of EGI, Mrs. Barensfeld was an advocate of re-investment by the company in new equipment in its local plant, Ellwood City Forge, and in other EGI plants, including Ellwood Quality Steels in New Castle. At a difficult time for the steel industry in 1984, she voted in favor of the company's risky decision to borrow money and to build a new electric furnace shop (EQS) in New Castle. She was a graduate (1949) of Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH, where she met her husband, Robert. They were college sweethearts. Mrs. Barensfeld happily lived her entire life in the Ellwood City area; she had no interest in retirement to Florida. She enjoyed life as a homemaker, entertaining family and friends and preparing meals for frequent family gatherings. She loved celebrating Christmas with her family. She was proud to be a citizen of Ellwood City. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Her family will receive friends at the Church one hour before the Service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 4, 2012.
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August 11, 2012
Bob and Family, I just learned of Jan's passing. My heart goes out to you. Jan was very special to me. I think of your beautiful family often. Thank you for the lovely two days my son Ben and I spent with you back in 1993. Love to you all. Kathy 509 967 5301, kathycaruthers@rocketmail.com
Kathryn Barnes (Barensfeld) Caruthers
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