Barbara Jean Lalonde (nee: Cole), 59 years of age, and a resident of South Amherst, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Welcome Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
Barbara was born September 28, 1953 in Amherst. She spent her lifetime as a resident of South Amherst.
Barbara was employed as a housekeeper at the Kendal at Oberlin for twelve years retiring in 2006. She enjoyed working in the community caring for people in whatever way she could. Her hobbies included watching NASCAR, fishing, camping, traveling, reading, and listening to music. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 23 years Joseph Lalonde; her daughter Danielle Darby and her partner Kristina Southerly of Bowie, Maryland; her brother Roy "June Bug" Cole of South Amherst; her sister Linda L. VanBuren of Coolville, Ohio; and her father Roy G. Cole, Sr. of Coolville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Larry and Stephen Cole; her sister Susan Cole; and her mother and stepfather Fred and Joan Marie Cole (nee: Kimble).
Friends may call Tuesday, November 13, 2012, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Arthur Wiegand pastor of The Sanctuary of the Congregational Church of South Amherst will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst, Ohio.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Lane, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.