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.

42 Condolences

  • Ron Carole Boire January 9, 2018 09:32am

    Dear Bill and family:
    So sorry to hear of Shannon's passing although we are unable to be with you at this time we send our condolences and prayers. God Bless You and Your Family.

  • Martyn Chilvers January 9, 2018 08:20am

    Dear Bill, Julia, Dustin, Alana, Tracy & other family members, I am shocked and greatly saddened by the news of Shannon's passing.I know that she will be very much missed by you all. I know that she will be greatly missed by her friends and the Sarnia community as a whole.Shannon was the nicest and most thoughtful person I have ever known.It was a privilege and pleasure to have known her. Shannon was exemplary as a life well lived and loved. In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and strength from friends comfort you.

  • Hilda and Joe Feimer January 8, 2018 08:46pm

    To Bill, Alana and Family and Dustin and Family,
    Sending you all our deepest sympathies. Shannon was an inspiration to us and will be deeply missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.❤️ Hilda and Joe Feimer.

  • Maureen leckie January 8, 2018 08:00pm

    Alana and Jeff I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom My deepest condolences to you at this time

  • Bill and Judy Brennan January 8, 2018 10:57am

    Shannon was one of the most wonderful persons we have been privileged to have known!
    She will be sorely missed!
    We live out of town now, and won't be able to attend the services - please extend our sympathies and love to all her family.
    Bill and Judy Brennan

  • Pam Devillaer January 8, 2018 07:31am

    Shannon was one of a kind. We met when our boys were buddies. A kinder more loving person you will never meet. I am sorry for your great loss and wish peace to all who loved her.

    Pam and Keenan

  • The Jongsma Family January 8, 2018 05:38am

    It is with great sadness that we send our condolences to the Baarschers family. Shannon was a most special, kind and caring person who touched all that she met with her beautiful smile and gentle giving spirit. She will be missed by all that knew her but none as much as her beloved family. May the lifetime of precious memories held in your hearts be a comfort now and in the future. We are so sorry to not be with you to celebrate Shannon's life with family and friends.
    Love the Jongsmas- Alex & Perry, Greg, Ashley & Alyssa

  • Bob Bryenton January 7, 2018 09:56pm

    A fine addition to heaven . See you there!

  • Graham Schofield January 7, 2018 09:43pm

    Dear Bill, Alana, Dustin, and the all the Baarschers and Core Families. I first met Shannon and Bill, when they used to visit Birdie and Bill (Bub) at their trailer close to 35 years ago, when my son was just a young kid. It wasn't long before Shannon and Bill had their own trailer and moved 3 doors down! Right off the get go there was no getting away from Shannon's enthusiasm for life and the love and fun with her family, I remember Alana and Dustin as kids, hard to believe they are grown and have their own families now and I know Shannon was so proud of them. Shannon was such a warm person and she always made you feel like you were part of the family. she would always go the extra mile when needed. I feel so sad that Shannon never got to spend more time with her loving family, and that she will be sorely missed by them all. I offer my deepest condolences to you all.

  • Carrie Fletcher January 7, 2018 07:36pm

    It was such a privilege to know Shannon. She was always smiling. Always kind to everyone she met. My thoughts and prayers to Bill and his family.

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