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

  • Jim Jan Joncas January 6, 2018 08:38pm

    Dear Bill, Alana, Dustin and family.
    We are truly saddened for your loss. Shannon always had such a big smile, a wonderful laugh, and such a positive and bouncy attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. See will be missed by everybody who knew here.

  • Omer and Kathy Foisy January 6, 2018 08:32pm

    Bill, and family,
    It's hard to talk about your loved one leaving but remember that she has a new address now and is watching and waiting for the rest of us to join her.

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Patsy January 6, 2018 05:53pm

    My deepest condolences to Bill and family for the loss of a truly remarkable wife, mother, and grandmother. I have known Shannon since we went to college together many years ago. To know her is to love her and I am glad that she found me worthy enough be call me friend. I shall miss her deeply.

  • Jim Sharp January 6, 2018 05:52pm

    Bill, Shannon was one the nicest and sweetest and funniest person I have met and will be dearly missed. I know she is at peace and will be waiting for you and her family in heaven.

  • Lorna Cooper January 6, 2018 05:32pm

    Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. Shannon is a beautiful soul, much loved by everyone. I have an image of her already hugging my late mum and dad, who both thought the world of her, and making them laugh. May your most precious memories sustain you all. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Marianne Knox (Van Spybrooke) January 6, 2018 04:15pm

    May the priceless bond that your family has been so blessed to have shared and grown over the years carry you with gentleness, knowing the light of Shannon will always be within each of you continually loving and guiding you.

    My memories of your family are always of laughter and love for all.

    Tony and Marianne Knox

  • Cathy Mike Cromwell January 6, 2018 03:43pm

    Dear Bill & Family, so very sorry on the loss of Shannon she was an amazing person always ready to lend a hand. She has touched the hearts of our family and will be greatly missed.

  • Patty Jamieson January 6, 2018 03:21pm

    My deepest condolences to the whole family... I had the chance to work with such an amazing woman, Shannon saw the good in everyone and was always brightening up any bad time with her smile, laugh and definitely her stories! Such a special lady that’s for sure!... she will surely be missed by everyone...( the neighbourhood squirrels will miss their Snow White)...

  • Barb Craig January 6, 2018 02:14pm

    Shannon is a beautiful person inside and out. Our sincere condolences to the families
    John and Barb Tuffin

  • Gord and Michele Nimmo January 6, 2018 01:36pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss, I will always remember the great stories that Julia told when I worked with her at The Observer. Shannon and Tracy were mentioned everyday. I got to meet the whole family and they were all a gift to us. They brought joy wherever they went. Shannon I will always remember your sweet smile and your gentle way. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. There is a party going on now in Heaven. Absent from the body, present with The Lord. Love to the whole family. Mickey and Gord

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