Barbara A. Cologna

Resided in Powers, Michigan
Died September 10th, 2018

Barbara A. Cologna, 80, of Powers, passed away early Monday morning, September 10, 2018 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers with her family by her side.

She was born on January 2, 1938 in Norway, MI., the fourth daughter of Harold and Maude (Pearney) Wall. She graduated from Norway High School in 1956 and then went on to study nursing at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing (now Resurrection) in Evanston, IL. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1959. Following graduation she returned to Norway and worked as an office nurse for W.R. Gladstone, MD.

On June 18, 1960, Barbara married a former school mate, James Cologna at St. Mary’s Church in Norway. In 1961, Jim decided to return to N.M.U. to finish his education. While in Marquette, she worked as an R.N. at St. Luke’s Hospital (now U.P. Health Systems). In 1963, Barbara and her family moved to Mundelein, IL, where Jim was employed at Smith Corona and she worked at Condell Memorial Hospital as an R.N. A few years later the family returned to the U.P. and Jim worked for Clairmont Transfer and they resided in Powers where Barbara worked as an R.N. supervisor at Pinecrest Medical Care facility until her retirement.

Barbara was a member of St. John Neumann Church where she was proud to serve as CCD teacher, CCD “lunch lady”, Sacristans, and Eucharistic minister for many years.

She is survived by her husband, James; her 5 children, Karen (Jerry) Hubbard, Kathy Cologna, Michael (Tami) Cologna, Beth (Alan) Hart and Lisa (Joel) Chrisler; 13 grandchildren, Jacob, Kristin, Katie (Doug), Nikki (Jason), Luke, Emily, Jason, Casey, Parker, Mikayla, Ashley, Lexi and Lauren; 1 great granddaughter, Perrie; and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Joyce, Pat and Betty; and brothers in law, Casey Mish and Albert Baciak.

The services for Barbara will be on Friday, September 14th at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding.  The St. Anne’s Society will recite the Rosary at 2:30 p.m. (Central Time) with the visitation to follow from 3 – 5 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. with Rev. Michael Vichich officiating.  A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place in Norway Twp. Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barbara’s name may be directed to St. John Neumann Church.

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5 Tributes to “Barbara A. Cologna”

  1. Cologna Family,

    Words cant express my condolences to your family for the loss of you mother Barb. “Mrs C” was like a second mother to me. All the times I spent at your house she not once raised her voice at me “and I’m sure I deserved it” , she was always so kind to me and to whomever crossed her path. She was very proud of each and everyone of you for all your accomplishments, I only wish I could go back in time and give her one last hug!

    Your friend Forever

  2. A very special lady and mother in law!! Very happy to have been a part of her life and that Nikki and Perrie could make her smile as well. Wishing the whole family the best in this difficult time,


  3. Cologna family

    I was sorry to read that Barbara passed
    I remember as a great lady
    So sorry for your loss

  4. Cologna Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

    With our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

  5. Barb was a kind and patient soul with her children and all the children of the neighborhood. Her home was always open to us and she, like the Cologna family, made everyone feel like one of the family. Her compassion with children and the elderly, have made her someone the whole community looked to with love and care. Her sacrifice for the community and the countless hours at pinecrest will not be soon forgotten. From the entire Stein family, I offer our deepest sympathies. She helped positively shape each of our lives.

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