Barbara Elaine (Delfosse) Vander KnaapFebruary 20, 1938 ~ June 17, 2017 (age 79)
Passed peacefully in her sleep while holding her husbands’ hand after a valiant 10 month battle with pancreatic cancer on June 17th 2017.
Adoring Grandmother to Mason and Jacob, cherished Mom to Brigitte, Teunis (Marie), and Jan and beloved wife of 50 years to Tom. Survived by her siblings Arlene, Norman and Peter and predeceased by her mother Enid and father Aston.
Amongst Barbara’s exceptional talents were her passion for gardening in her backyard where she won several awards for her efforts. Countless babies and toddlers have gorgeous knitted garments, and embroidered or smocked outfits decorated in elaborate patterns reminiscent of times past.
Grandma’s baking and cooking skills were legendary and there isn’t a cooking show or competition that she has not seen or been a fan of, amassing a serious collection of cookbooks written by her favourites (looking at you Martha).
Our family would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the medical personnel involved in Barbara’s care in particular Dr. Kottachchi and Dr. Barakat. As well as the palliative staff from Bayshore Nursing, her nurses’ Jeannette Bos and Ann Mackenzie were stellar. And lastly special thanks to Deb Farrugia and Jennifer Cargill from Closing the Gap for their exceptional care of her daily needs ~ she really enjoyed your company.
Friends are invited to Butcher Family Funeral Home, 5399 Main Street, South, Erin on Sunday June 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. A Funeral Service will be held immediately following visitation at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Erin Union Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or to The Scleroderma Society of Canada. Cards available at the funeral home or you may send condolence at www.butcherfamilyfuneralhome.ca
Butcher Family Funeral Home
519 833 2231
The Scleroderma Society of Canada
41 King William St., Suite 203, Hamilton ON L8R 1A2