Shannon Louise Baarschers

Saturday, 04 July 1953 - Friday, 05 January 2018

Death Notice

"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Shannon Louise Baarschers has taken her place in paradise. Hallelujah!

Always the organizer, Shannon has gone ahead to prepare a place in heaven for her family. Survived by her devoted husband Bill; daughter Alana (Jeff & Kayden Hayes); son Dustin (Lauren & Jace, Ainsley, Blake); mother Julia (Birdie) Core; sister and best friend Tracy Perron (Yvon); special nephew Leith Perron (Hayley & Gwen); uncles/aunts Merv Mothersell (Janice), Pat & David Armstrong; mother-in-law Alice Baarschers; brothers-in-law George (June, Janet & Kenny), Ed (Deb, Bill, David, Dawn), Jeff (Lynn, Danielle, Brett, Janessa) Baarschers; Predeceased by her father “Bill-Bub” Core, special aunt Maxine Core. Father-in-law George Baarschers, Brother-in-law Jan Baarschers (Judy).

Shannon lived in Sarnia her whole life. She married her childhood sweetheart Bill. She worked with children and in the field of education her entire career. She and Bill raised Alana and Dustin and were thrilled when Alana married Jeff and Dustin married Lauren. The greatest joys of her life were her grandchildren: Jace “Rooney”, Ainsley “Curly Sue”, and Blake “Pookie” Baarschers, Kayden Hayes and great niece Gwen “Penguin” Perron.

She was a member of Dunlop United Church where she actively participated on the Pastoral Care and the Prayer Team.

Her greatest desire would be for people to draw closer to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Throughout her brief but difficult battle with mesothelioma, she constantly prayed for others, lead people to the Lord, spoke of the goodness of God and found her strength in Jesus Christ. In her last breaths, she witnessed, “I’ve never lost sight of the cross.”

Special thanks to Dr. Sean Peterson & Staff; Dr. Crombeen & St. Joseph’s Hospice Staff; Dunlop United Church Family; and a special thanks to Reverend Adam Kilner for his spiritual support, love and friendship.


Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dunlop United Church Pastoral Care or St. Joseph’s Hospice.

43 Condolences

  • MacLachlan Family February 1, 2018 03:38pm

    Just heard the news...Our deepest condolences goes out to your family. Shannon was a woman so kind and full of life. She will be missed by all. Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    - Dave, Ashley, Kathy

  • Dawn Grein/Bob Simpson January 12, 2018 12:47pm

    Our deepest condolences Bill. She was an amazing lady in a class of her own. She was a wonderful Wife, Daughter, Mother, Grandmother but also an amazing "Friend". I will treasure her Friendship forever. We were unable to attend the service due to family commitments - I know Shannon would understand - but will come to Sarnia and visit soon.

  • Judy Jim Knowles January 10, 2018 08:46pm

    Jim and I would like to express our deepest condolences to Shannon's family at this most difficult time. Shannon was always so lovely, kind and truly genuinely caring. We knew each other growing up , attended the same schools and it was always wonderful to run into her and catch up on our families. She was a ray of sunshine. We are deeply saddened and shocked at her passing. May the many beautiful memories of Shannon and her enduring love comfort you.

    Judy & Jim Knowles

  • Pamela Thomas January 10, 2018 06:08pm

    My deepest sympathy. Have not see Shannon for some years but I always remember her having a smile on her face.

  • Krista Mason January 10, 2018 05:54pm

    Bill & Family I was saddened to hear that Shannon passed away. I’ll always remember Shannon and how much she loved you and your children and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Richard Cochrane January 10, 2018 03:48pm

    Warmest aloha and condolences Bill and family. Our prayers and good thoughts are with you. May God bless you and hold you all close to Him as He welcomes Shannon home. Love Richard and Emily Cochrane

  • Kelly Baker January 10, 2018 02:59pm

    My deepest condolences to Bill and family, Although it has been a long time since Shannon and I got together , I regarded her as a true friend . Shannon was an amazing woman who inspired me greatly and in years past has comforted and encouraged me through heartache . I will deeply miss her and forever regret letting a demanding career keep me from arranging get togethers . Heartfelt sympathy to all her beloved family.


  • Gail Gilroy January 10, 2018 01:42pm

    My sincere condolences go to Alana, Dustin , Bill and family. I had the opportunity to meet Shannon different times after Alana and Dustin left Cathcart School. She was always so proud to update me on what you were doing. I know you will have many happy memories to help you through these dark days. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • June Weiss January 10, 2018 10:00am

    Dear Tracy and family,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you at this time, hoping the many happy memories will help you through this difficult time.
    Take care.
    June Weiss (nee Baker)

  • Sarah Wraith and Family January 9, 2018 07:23pm

    Very sorry to hear about Shannon.
    Wishing you comfort and strength in the days to come.

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