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

  • Donna and Don Pierce January 7, 2018 07:22pm

    Birdie, Bill, Tracey & Yvon and all the rest of your family, we cannot express our sorrow in hearing of Shannon's passing. We had such great times together in the past and had hoped to have many more. Cherish all those beautiful memories you have, and our prayer is that those memories will help ease the pain of your grief. God bless all of you as you grieve Shannon's passing.

  • Hugh and Janet Murphy January 7, 2018 06:51pm

    Bill and family we very sorry for your great lose of shannon she was a great lady and friend who will be greatly missed. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and may god bless.

  • Greg Mentley January 7, 2018 04:02pm

    Our deepest condelences to you and your family. May the peace of God guard your hearts and minds during this time.

    Greg and Danielle Mentley

  • Leslie Frank Vye January 7, 2018 03:59pm

    Dear Bill,Alanna, Dustin and family: Frank & I were so very saddened to hear of your loss. Shannon and all of you have always been considered "family" to us. Just thinking of Shannon & her family made us smile and filled my heart with joy. Now we have another Saint fighting for our team. Rest in peace Shannon we love you! Leslie & Frank Vye

  • Terry, Sharon, Tom, Heather children January 7, 2018 01:28pm

    As a little grade niner back at Central I first looked up to grade tenner, Shannon in so many ways. She graced the halls, as she would all her life with joy, having a smile as wide as she was tall, complete with perfect posture. Later working with my wife Sharon and other ECE teachers I certainly witnessed her love, compassion and heart for all children many coming from less fortunate settings. You made a lifetime of serving others with joy and faith. I will always have a picture in my mind of your happy, joyous and smiling face.
    A great loss to your family, friends and community. We miss you greatly.

  • Dave Pat Kraemer January 7, 2018 12:20pm

    Bill and family,
    You and Shannon have been in our prayers constantly over the past couple of weeks. 'Shan' is at peace.
    If heaven was quiet before, it certainly isn't now !
    Love and Prayers,
    Dave & Pat and Family

  • Larry LaFond January 7, 2018 09:35am

    Bill and family I wish to offer my deepest condolences at this time of sorrow remember the good times.The lord has taken another angel home.

  • Brenda and Cal Moore January 7, 2018 08:46am

    Bill and Family,
    Shannon touched so many lives for the good and I’m grateful I had the chance to know her both as a colleague and a cherished friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Shannon will be truly missed. Brenda

  • Theresa Baldassarre January 6, 2018 09:23pm

    My prayers go out to the family at this sad time. I had the privilege of working with Shannon for many years and was grateful for having this amazing person in my life. She was a positive force within our centre and the days she was there seemed happier and brighter. She was our very own "Mary Poppins" and I will miss hearing her voice and her infectious laugh. Rest in peace, Shannon, and continue guiding us along the way by the example you set.

  • Connie, David, Allison and Shaun White January 6, 2018 08:39pm

    Dear Bill, Alana, Dustin and family. Shannon was a very special lady who will be missed by everyone who was fortunate to know her. She always brought a smile to our faces. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

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