VAN HERK, Barbara Anna – of Stratford passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the age of 79.  Born in Holland, beloved wife of Bernard “Bernie” Van Herk of 48 years.  Proud mother of Marg (Rick) Paradis and Patricia Baker.  Cherished Oma to Skylar, Caelan, Aimee and Jacob.  Barb will be fondly remembered by her siblings: Casey (Julie) Marynissenn and Margaret Shoemakers and brothers and sisters-in-law: Albert (Judy), John (Dora), Cathy Van Bussel (Jim), Sister Wilhelmina C.S.J., Liz Van Ryswyk (Joe), Donna Hinz and Marilyn Van Herk along with her many nieces and nephews.  Barb was predeceased by her mom and dad – John and Andreana (Van Hall) Marynissen, her son-in-law Christian Baker, brothers John and Joe Marynissen, and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Arnold and Theresa Van Herk, Theresa and Harold Bannon, Peter and Mary Van Herk and Peter Shoemakers.  Barb was a humble, gentle and faith-filled woman who loved life and was deeply devoted to her family. Friends and relatives will be received at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Parish prayers will take place at 6 p.m.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stratford General Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer Society Perth County- Caregivers Program, L’Arche Stratford or St. Joseph’s Church Restoration Fund through the funeral home.  519.271.7411

Service Information

Sunday, March 10, 2019
from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Parish Prayers at 6 p.m.

Funeral Mass
Monday, March 11th at 10 a.m.
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
96 Huron Street, Stratford

Avondale Cemetery
4 Avondale Ave, Stratford

Parish Hall

Memorial Donations
Stratford General Hospital Foundation
Alzheimer Society Perth County – Caregivers Program
L’Arche Stratford
St. Joseph’s Church Restoration Fund


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