Barbara Giffen
September 10, 2019

Funeral Information

September 13 2019 - 11:00 am
Temple Ohav Shalom, 8400 Thompson Run Road, Allison Park, PA 15101


BARBARA GIFFEN: Age 79 of Squirrel Hill, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 102019 with her family by her side. Barb loved her family fiercely. No goodbye went without tears in her eyes, even for a quick family dinner. She lived a beautiful life full of adventures with her loving husband of 60 years, Chuck. They passed this love of life on to their children and grandchildren. Attired in black leather, Barb motorcycled on the back of Chuck’s Harley with friends all over the United States. With Chuck’s passion, Barb learned to ski, bowl, ride bicycles (even though she was never thrilled about it) and swim in the ocean. Many days of joy were spent at Seven Springs with her family and friends. Their ski trips to Vail were a highlight of their year and she loved spending time with their friends. Barb is survived by her loving husband Chuck, three daughters who loved her dearly, Becky Havyer (Brian), Caryn Miller (Alvin IV) and Joni Ferrara (Joe), six amazing grandchildren that “Grandma” loved to spoil Carly, Jenna, Rena, Casey, Alexander and Ryan as well as countless family and friends. Everyone who knew Barb loved her spirit and smile, including all of the dedicated nurses and doctors at Mercy Hospital who cared for her. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. Services at Temple Ohav Shalom, 8400 Thompson Run Road, Allison Park on Friday at 11 AM. NO Visitation prior to services. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Jewish Association on Aging, (, an agency that provided Barb and her family with quality, compassionate care and support this past year. Family and friends are invited to a Luncheon to join in celebrating Barb’s life at 
The Chadwick in Wexford, PA at 12:30 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. 


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Oh we are so sorry to hear this. I am so glad we got to spend time with Aunt Barb last time we were in. So many wonderful memories of our family get togethers! Our love and sympathy to you all!

By Debbie and Mike White - September 12, 2019

Dear Giffin Family So saddened to hear of Barb's passing. May the memories of happier times help ease the pain at this time. I have so many fond childhood memories of spending time at your home She was always so warm and welcoming growing up.May her memory be for a blessing. You are all in my thoughts..

By Robin Fingeret-Zinger - September 12, 2019

Dear Chuck, Becky, Caryn & Joni and family I was so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. Our family’s friendships sure go back a long time. I’ll loved catching up with Barb at the Giant Eagle. She kept me up to date on everyone. May her memory be for a blessing to all of you during this difficult time.

By Paula Fingeret Rulin - September 11, 2019

Chuck, We were very sad to hear this. We were just reminiscing about all the riding we did. Especially the trip to Sturgis and the time Barb couldn't find her pants in Geneva. A lovely woman with a spirit to match. When we think of Barb, we will smile. Most sincere condolences to you and all of your family. If there is anything you need, just ask!

By Mike Romaniello - September 11, 2019

It was an honor and a pleasure to spend time with Barb and Chuck on many motorcycle rides. Barb was by far one of the sweetest persons I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace Barb.

By Lisa and Ron Worsing - September 11, 2019