Jane Sowden Barnhart

August 18, 1953March 2, 2018
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Jane Sowden Barnhart, 64 of Jefferson, died Friday, March 2, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born August 18, 1953, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Robert W. and Margaret Morris Sowden. Jane was a retired coal miner from Gateway Coal Company and Maxus Coal Company. She was a member of the Mather Christian Church and the United Mine Workers of America. Jane loved animals, especially her horses and riding her Can-am motorcycle. On August 23, 1997 she married Shirl Barnhart, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Lisa Sowden (David) Schweikart of Jefferson, Rebecca (Christopher) Harris of Jefferson, and Melissa Barnhart of Crucible; four grandchildren, Kaylin Schweikart, Aly Harris, Hailey Harris, and Cameron Barnhart; two sisters, Mary (Guy) Nyswaner of Haughton, LA, and Ruth (Thomas) Sellers of Kittanning; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday; and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor; where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, with the Rev. Ken Jones officiating. Interment in Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson. Condolences may be expressed online at


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Donald Whoolery

March 20, 2018

One of my favorite memories of my cousin Jane was when I was a little boy visiting my Grandma Ruth Sowden who lived on Second street. My older brother and cousins were always going and playing on the slate dump at the bottom of First Street, was sitting on the back steps at my grandmothers house crying because I was told I was too young to go. I was 6 or 7 which would have made Jane 14 or 15. She went to the corner store to get some cardboard from our Aunt Mary and took me and the cardboard up the slate dump where we happily slid down the slate on the cardboard until our Uncle Bill sowden caught us. He promised not to tell my mom or my Grandmother if jane and I would agree to go and clean out the garage where our cousin Debby kept her horse

Kimberly Carlisle

March 7, 2018

Lisa and family. Our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your mother. I know words will never take away the pain, but rest assured that our thoughts are with you.
Edward & Kimberly Carlisle
Joyce Shaner
W. P. F. A. Member / Auxiliary

Teresa Bellish

March 6, 2018

Shirl and family. George and I would like to express our sincere sympathy for your loss.

Lisa Schweikart

March 6, 2018

Jane & her cousin Debbie

Ann & Mike Dennehy

March 6, 2018

Shirl and Family -Ann and I are sorry to hear Jane's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale and Suzanne Switalski

March 6, 2018

May God help to ease your grief and may he always be beside you and your family, so very sorry for your loss. All our love.

Linda Hoyle

March 6, 2018

Shirl and family, So sorry for you loss. May God be with you and your family.

Linda Hoyle

March 6, 2018

Shirl and family, So sorry for you loss. May God be with you and yours.

Bob and Tessie Franks

March 6, 2018

Offering our deepest, heartfelt sympathies.

Randy and Margie hamilton

March 6, 2018

Shirl and family, so sorry to hear of Jane's passing. May your happy memories provide comfort to all of you at this time