This is the first real painting I've done of a person. I tried to paint Mom just after she arrived in Canada. It is done from a photo I have of her. :)
NEW AD - Obituaries (06/23/10)
Barbara Bayer It with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother (Oma), Great Grandmother and special Grandma. After a brief and courageous battle with leukemia, Barbara passed away at Royal University Hospital on June 21, 2010, surrounded by her loving family and dearest friends. Our loving Barbara (Baerbel) was predeceased by her parents, Heinrich Goesslinghoff and Ursula Diening (nee Egloff), and siblings, Heinrich, Jochen, Rheinhardt, Klaus Diening and brother-in-law, Horst Brueggemann. Barbara leaves to mourn her passing: her husband, Rolf, of 50 years; and their children, Friedrich (Valerie), Karl (Halina), Kurt (Karen), and Karin (Corey) Hargreaves. In addition, she leaves her grandchildren, Patricia (Aaron) Thibault, Diana and Connor Hargreaves, Lindsay Bayer, Kerry (Fred) Rambie, Warren (Maja) Harding; great grandchildren, Brett Purvis, Jordan, Morganne, and Jeremy Harding, Brittany Harding. She also leaves her family in Germany, sister, Brigitte Bruegemann, and her children and grandchildren; brothers, Michel and Ullrich Goesslinghoff; and numerous nieces and nephews currently living throughout Europe. Finally she leaves a group of 33 special children which Barb and Rolf fostered over the past 19 years. Barbara was born on April 30, 1938 in Rheinberg, Germany. She decided to come to Canada to join her soon-to-be fiancee on August 23, 1959, initially moving to Winnipeg to work for a doctor. She then joined Rolf in Thompson, Manitoba, where they married on August 27, 1960. Work took them to various places throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where Rolf worked, affording Barbara the opportunity to be at home to raise their four children, the eldest being twin boys. In 1974, once the children were in school, Barb joined her husband in running the family trucking business. Together Barb and Rolf faced many unique challenges which they met head on and overcame together. Mom's dignity, tenacity, creativity and the grace in which she walked no, ran through life, set the example and the standard for her family and those who were blessed enough to have known her. Mom was never someone to give up on anyone or anything, and an example to us all to the very moment of her passing. An example was her enrollment as a mature student at the University of Saskatchewan, pursuing a life-long passion for learning. In early 1991, Barb and Rolf opened their home to foster children. They were a foster parent home until February of 2007, at which time they became a therapeutic home. Barbara devoted countless volunteer hours to the Saskatchewan Foster Parents Association, the 702 Air Cadet Squadron, Victim Services with the Saskatoon Police Service, and Acquired Brain Injury Community Support. Barbara was the recipient of the Montgomery Award on October 20, 2008, recognizing her years of commitment and dedication to fostering. Barbara never complained and always stepped up to give of herself tirelessly. She was an angel put on this Earth to make a difference in people's lives. Every person's life she touched was enriched by her wisdom, her spirit, and her compassion. Her absence leaves a void in our lives. The Celebration of Barbara's Life will take place on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Acadia-McKague's Funeral Centre (915 Acadia Drive) with Pastor Rudy Daniels officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (101 440 2nd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C3). Arrangements are in care of Dave Grambo, 955-1600.