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Barbara Bloch-Gower

Barbara Bloch-Gower

Thursday, June 6th, 1957 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Sweet sister, Barbara Ann Bloch-Gower, went to frost wild thing cakes and chargrill organic vegetables and bake cherry oatmeal cookies for a more universal audience, May 11, 2019. Born to Alf and Doreen Bloch, June 6, 1957, Barb's life was an artful dinner party filled with the friends and family she loved and fed with a fervor rarely matched in a kitchen, where appetizers were a bounty, soups silken, "entree" meant enter and behold three main courses and desserts towered heavenward. Her generosity and love kept scores of people -- otherwise a random, sometimes clashing collection of spices -- together for decades in her great recipe for life. Barb is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Lonnie, brother Jim, sister-in-law Pattie, sister-in-law to Terry & Luanne Gower, mother-in-law Judy, and a quartet of now mournful cats, Bob Dylan the Bug, Lulu, Jethro, and Buttercup.

Barbara loved life and spent hers learning, mentoring others and giving generously of herself. She enjoyed sharing her many natural talents. Barbara’s passion for fine food meant providing excellence, no matter what obstacles were faced - and those were many in the catering and food industry. Running multiple businesses, serving food for thirty-five plus years, provided Barbara with much joy, but her true motivation was giving everyone who worked with her or with whom she worked for, the best part of herself and making their experiences special. The legacy she gave in her ‘made from scratch’ philosophy lives on in all those she touched.

Those fortunate enough to have had Barbara as a friend, you know how lucky were. In keeping with Barbara’s wishes, there is no formal celebration of life. Her desire was for you to spend time with your loved ones, enjoy yourselves and the memories you have of her.

Barb was a presence and a personality that could fill a room. She was legendary and wherever you knew Barbara from, be it her initial years in Michigan, the health food store in Grand Bend, the pizza shop, bakery, deli, ice cream, her cakes, or perhaps your wedding or a Christmas dinner she made….know she loved, giving her best to everything she did. Barbara will be sadly missed by all her friends and by all who knew her.

Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel. Please leave a memory or condolence online at www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com

~This creatively written notice was crafted by Barbara's brother Jim and friend Patti, capturing the unique character of Barbara.
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    Monday, May 13th, 2019 |
    Monday, May 13th, 2019
    Lakeview Crematorium
    1016 Colborne Road
    SARNIA, ON N7V 3K7
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Gina zoppa

Posted at 12:05pm
I’m so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. We were childhood friends living a few houses away from each other. I will always cherish and remember the fun times and the great meals she cooked for me when I visited her in Grand Bend. See you on the other side Barb. Love Gina

Josey and Ralph

Posted at 04:47pm
It’s been one week since we lost Barbara and I still find myself shaking my head in disbelief. I don’t know how many times I have said, “wow, I can’t believe it! It’s too soon! I want to hear her laugh again”. It was contagious!!. It was unique like her. I always admired her natural creative talents. One which extended far from her culinary expertise! I loved her eye for decorating. The way she could transform a house into a welcoming home filled with “unique eclectic”. meaningful decor. Coupled with the amazing scents filling the air, you felt at home the minute you walked through the doors. I will miss her hug as she greeted you. She always opened her home to her ‘unique eclectic “ circle of friends.
Barbara truly was the heart of a unique group of friends who got together and always had a great time !! And likely over ate!! I know I did! R.I.P. my friend. You will be truly missed. Love Josey and Ralph

Angie Richter

Posted at 10:46am
I enjoyed Barbara so much! I loved all our conversations ~ they were always so meaningful and progressive. She was an inspiration for me to start my own business. So much gratitude for Barbara for all she did! Will miss you very much! So happy to know her! Lots of Love, Angie, James & Jaime Aila Skye xoxo *PEACE*

Jody McDonald

Posted at 01:30pm
Barbara had a way of seeing people as they truly are, not how they appear to be. She was accepting of everyone in the different walks of life, and tried to meet them where they were at. She had a very big heart and so it seemed natural that she would be in the kitchen as it is the heart of the home. In her kitchen she taught you how to cook, but she also gave life lessons and stories of her younger years. She impacted my life in such a huge and positive way and I was such a fan girl when it came to Barbara! She was a mentor, culinary hero and friend to me. I am a better person simply for knowing her. Sending love to Lonnie and all those who feel this loss♡

Sue Trussell

Posted at 10:38am
Barbara and I worked together at Sprint in the early '80s. We became fast friends and I will never forget our weekend with our work "family" on Beaver Island. Barbara was such a joy to be around. She touched everyone she met in a special way. I will treasure my memories of her. To Lonnie and her family and friends, I'm so sorry. May she rest In Peace. Sue Trussell

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