colleen casey shaw
Colleen Renee Casey Shaw, 61, of Burgettstown, Pa., died October 20, 2017, after a sudden illness. Born on January 7, 1956, in Weirton, WV, Colleen was the daughter of the late Charles and Betty Trippett Casey. She was also preceded in death by her sister Shauna Casey, and her granddaughter, Sophia Palavis. A graduate of Point Park University, Colleen was the co-owner and dance instructor of Casey Sisters Dance Academy in Weirton for 43 years. She touched thousands of area students and was a positive influence in many aspects of their lives. Colleen was an active member of Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton, where she served as a Deacon and an Elder. She was also a member of the Dance Educators of America. In addition to her love of teaching dance, she enjoyed attending Pittsburgh Pirate games, snow skiing, water skiing, and the beach. Colleen’s grandchildren were her pride and joy and spending time with them meant the world to her. She is survived by her husband Archie Ray “Butch” Shaw, whom she married on February 14, 1981; three sons, Craig and Nicole Shaw of Alliance, Ohio, Ryan and Marisa Shaw of Weirton, WV, and Eric Shaw and his fiance, Kristen Seward, of Chicago, IL; a step daughter, Kristen and Anthony Palavis of Weirton, WV; a brother, Terry and Debbie Casey of Weirton, WV and two sisters, Mitzie and Frank Bradley of Burgettstown, PA, and Brenda Casey of Follansbee, WV; grandchildren, Kiara, Melia, and Nikos Palavis; Owen, Ellee, Connor, and Carter Shaw; as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday 3-8 pm at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be held Wednesday 11 am until the time of funeral services at 12 pm at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street Weirton, WV. Rev. Dr. Ed Rudiger will preside. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cove Presbyterian Church Please share your tributes at

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  1. There are no words to express this loss. My friend is gone too soon. Butch, I’m here for you, your family needs you more than ever. Kristen, Craig, Ryan, and Eric support each other and take care of your Dad. Mitzie, Brenda and Terry God bless you all.

  2. Colleen u were in my life for as long as I can remember I danced for you since I was 3 years old up to high school. Then you also tought my niece Melanie and I don’t think I ever missed a recital even after that I love you and will miss you I will never forget you and it will never be the same love you so much Colleen

  3. Colleen, you have been a part of my life for 47yrs. So many things we shared over those years, joy, tears, laughter, long life talks about everything. You were more like a sister to me than just a friend. The loss that I am feeling in my heart is so deep. This truly doesn’t real. Butch, Craig, Ryan, Eric,Kristen, and last but not least Mitzie if any of you need anything I am here for you! So many memories……

  4. Colleen has always held a special place in my heart. As I reflect upon our season of life when we were inseparable, I give thanks for the blessing to have known her as a dear friend. With a very heavy heart, I send my sympathy and prayers for God to comfort all who loved her and will forever miss her.

  5. Butch and family I am so sorry to hear about Colleen. What a wonderful special person…she will be missed. Amazing how many lives she has touched. Keeping you all in my prayers

  6. I remember dancing at there studio when I was little across the street from Ledo’s. RIP Colleen with blessings of God’s love for you.

  7. I still am at a loss for words , Tough Love she gave me and I Thank her for that. I was a part of her acro-ettes and enjoyed every minute of it! I am praying for Butch, Craig, Ryan, Eric, Kristen and their families that they will have the strength to get through this. Mitzie know that she will always be dancing . Love to you all

  8. Butch, Kristen, Craig, Ryan, Eric, Mitzie, Brenda, Terry and families:
    I am so sorry for you loss and will be keeping each of you in my prayers. Such a wonderful woman that touched so many lives. I still can’t believe it, gone too soon.
    Love you guys so much,
    Jennifer (Delanta) Belt

  9. Butch and Family, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words to express my sorrow. Praying that God wraps you all in his arms and guides you through this difficult time.

  10. Heaven has received a special angel. Thinking and praying for your family, friends and students.
    God bless-
    Patty Sirota

  11. Heaven has received a special angel. Thinking and praying for your family, friends and students.
    God bless-
    Patty Sirota

  12. Dear Butch and Family, we cannot express our deepest sympathy over the tragic sudden death of Colleen. She was a beautiful, caring, giving person.Way back in high school she was friendly with everyone. She never had an attitude and was always kind. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and i’ll never forget the fun we had, we were so young . We did not keep in contact over the years, but it was always nice to run into her and catch up. She will be sorely missed by all of you, I know her family was her heart. Much Love and Many prayers go out to all of you . God Bless You All. Vicki Carson Ensminger

  13. Heaven has gained such a precious Angel… One taken from us too soon. Colleen’s love and talent touched / shaped the lives of so many. My deepest sympathies to Butch, her children/ grandchildren, Mitzie, Brenda and Terry Mark. May God comfort you at this time . She will be with you always…she will never leave that special place she has etched into your heart. Much Love, Tammy Hays Zivic

  14. Eric, I can not put into words how sorry I feel. Please know if there’s anything I can do for you just let me know. All my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Stay strong brother.

    Steve Prigge

  15. My heart is so sad for the loss of such a beautiful person whom I called my friend. Colleen was always so sweet and kind to everyone she met. Her smile was radiant and lit up a room when she walked in. Butch and family there are no words that can take away the loss of losing one so very dear. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace that passes all understanding. Colleen we will miss your presence in our lives and I will forever remember the last class of 74 reunion where we danced the night away. RIP my friend!
    Janice Pepe

  16. Mitzie and Brenda, I first met Colleen when I was a freshman in high school when I first started dance lessons…a very long time ago !! I watched her grow into a beautiful woman and a very talented dancer! My heart aches for you both and the entire family. Colleen was very special and I know that she touched so many lives. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you now and always! Rest in peace, dear sweet Colleen!

  17. Prayers for the Casey and Shaw families. Colleen was a uniquely talented woman in so many ways. She touched many young girls’ lives in profound far-reaching ways. We will always be grateful for her presence in our daughter’s life. Please take comfort in the outpouring of support from all who loved her. It really is a tribute to a woman who was so full of life. Remembering today all of the wonderful experiences we shared. Thank you Colleen one last time.
    Denise and Bill Blakemore

  18. Sending prayers from our family to Colleen’s with our deepest sympathy. Colleen’s light will continue to shine! Peace be with you. Love, The Jones’ (Elva, Tina, Tim, Tammy, Trudy and our extended family)

  19. Prayers to the family. My memory of Colleen, is the time she let myself and my instructor use her studio to give the kids from the Weirton Christian Center the opportunity to learn karate for their summer camp. She was truly one of a kind

    Donna Taibi-Sullivan

  20. Mitzi, Fran, and extended family, I am so very sorry for your loss and for what you must be going through. Colleen was such a beautiful and vibrant person and I know what a wonderful influence she was to so many young dancers. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Sandy Kesling

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