Barbara Jane Leyser, age 66, of Stratford passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on June 2, 2021. She was born in Stratford, first child of Frances (Whaling) Leyser and the late Henry Leyser (1999). 

Barb is survived by her loving husband Ken Millar. Proud mother and grandmother of Julie Chessell (Chris) and their children Carter, Brock and Rhett; Scott Leyser (Candis) and their children Henry, Lucy and Drew. Sister of Blair (Janice), Joan Ritsma (Durwin), Jim (late Ruth), Dave (Laura), John (Kathe), Rob (Maureen) and Mark. Also survived by her mother-in-law and father-in-law Evelyn and Bob Millar, Ken siblings – Jeff (Connie), Joanne Perry (late Don), Darlene Barker – deceased.

Barb was the fun and fashionable aunt who will be missed by many nieces and nephews. 

A devoted single mother, it was very gratifying for Barb to watch her family grow.  She had the most positive outlook on life and put everyone ahead of herself right up until her last breath.  Barb loved annual fall drives, warm, sunny vacations and watching sports. For many years she played in a Thursday night Women’s Volleyball League for Kirby Electric.

She worked at Cooper Standard for 28 years and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Stratford. 

Barb found true love with Ken in 2001 and was looking forward to celebrating their 20th anniversary in July but instead spent 7,721 days with him. Every day of the year had a special meaning for Barb. 

Thank you to Dr. Sean Blaine and the entire medical teams involved at Stratford General Hospital and London Regional Cancer Clinic for the respect and dignity they gave to Barb. Also, the countless neighbours, work colleagues and friends for all the messages, calls and visits that kept Barb’s hopeful spirit alive. 

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday, June 6, from 6-9 p.m. and on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Those who wish to attend the visitation must call or email the funeral home to set up a time. You must also arrive exactly at your chosen time. A private family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church on Tuesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Those who wish to join the family for the Mass from home can do so by following the view livestream link below Barb’s obituary on the funeral home website. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Stratford General Hospital Chemo Unit through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411


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