Pamela (Mulhern) Barch

July 15, 1958 - September 29, 2010
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Pamela M. Barch, the head of the Ludlow High School Art department and a long-time art teacher in the Ludlow school system, died September 29th in Springfield with her family at her side after a long battle with cancer. She was 52.

A warm and loving spirit, Pamela was a person who cultivated new friendships of wonderfully diverse people while treasuring and maintaining old acquaintances. She admired and later became friends with her Ludlow High School art teacher, Bernard Burns, and was particularly proud when she was later appointed to his position in the school after he retired.

Born in Worcester, Pamela Marie (Mulhern) Barch was a 1976 graduate of Ludlow High School. She graduated from Berkshire Community College in 1978 and was a 1981 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts. Before joining the staff at Ludlow High School in 2002, she taught art at Veterans Park and East Street elementary schools, where she initiated after-school programs both at the school and in the community.

At Ludlow High School she was known as the consummate art teacher with ceramics her specialty. She showcased student work through exhibits and demonstrations, and was involved with the Agriculture in the Classroom program in which area teachers who taught agriculture were given lessons on using organic and natural items in a creative, artistic way.

She was a member of the Ludlow Education Association, the Mass Teachers Association and the Massachusetts Art Educators Association. She was appointed the Curriculum and Instructional Leader of the Art department in 2009.

A resident of Ludlow, she is survived by her husband of 25 years Brian Barch, and her sons Kyle, 23 and Ryan, 21. Also, her parents, John and Natalee Mulhern of Ludlow, a brother Devin and his husband Glenn of Marlborough MA; a brother Paul and his wife Lynn of Dracut, MA, and a sister, Anita Chmura and her husband Jeff of Chicopee, along with several nieces and nephews and one grand nephew.

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Funeral services celebrating her life will be Saturday with family and friends gathering at the funeral home at 11:15 AM A con-celebrated Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered by the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth in St. John the Baptist Church, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Island Pond Cemetery on Center St. in Ludlow following a procession around the schools at which she worked.

Island Pond Cemetery
Center Street
Ludlow, MA 1056

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth
181 Hubbard Street
Ludlow, MA 1056


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Born: July 15, 1958
Died: September 29, 2010

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Devin Mulhern posted on 9/30/20

Today marks 10 years since our dear sister Pam passed away. While our hearts may not be healed we are comforted in the knowledge that she is at Peace now joined by our parents John & Natalee Mulhern. May all of us who knew her and were touched by her loving spirit think of Pam today. Pause and see a sunflower along with her smile.


Robert Sugrue posted on 11/13/18

You are not forgotten Pam. God Bless you. Your long, long ago Classmate and friend.


James & Jodi Pirelli posted on 10/4/10

Devin & Entire Mulhern Family, Both Jim and I are sadden to hear of the passing of Pamela. Please be comforted by fond memories, and know that she is at peace. If we can do anything for any of you please do not hesitate to let us know. We love you, and are sending peace your way. Love to all Jodi and Jimmy


judy and charlie posted on 10/4/10

Devin, so sorry to hear of your sister's passing.Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this very sad time.


Bert Krasner posted on 10/1/10

Brian, I was deeply saddened to read of Pam's passing. My sincerest sympathy go to you and your families.


Jill posted on 10/2/10

Brian, Dorothy let me know of Pam's passing. I am sad to hear - and am sending you and the boys comfort (and that wonderful laugh she had) on Angels' wings. Jill