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Barbara Annemarie (Zirke) Sator

July 28, 1938 ~ September 17, 2019 (age 81)


Oma stood a head shorter than everyone else; with smiling blue eyes, a fabulous bowl haircut (going strong for 50+ years) and a vibrant bouquet inspired wardrobe.

Oma aspired to be and became a great teacher and she had many willing students. She was present for first bike rides, lake dives, and scribbled words. She believed in encouraging children to explore their imaginations and the world around them. She rarely interceded during play and instead, faithfully documented - on film and in photographs – kids swinging from tree branches, acting out fairy tales and running around naked in the rain. She took to photography so completely that she was rarely without a camera; or two, or three. Always behind the camera instead of the feature, she was never one for the centre of attention but instead, was keen on documenting the mundane because it was important. Her collection of photos featuring someone with their mouth half open and full of food is extensive and well persevered.

Oma was kind and generous. She listened with patience and attention – and often regaled us with the same four stories in return. She knew how to make the most of nothing (bacon potato salad) and how to indulge in each special something, often saying “enjoy it; when it’s gone its gone”. 

We will all remember Oma in our own way and how important she was to us. At the next family reunion, I know we will all gather before the meal and hold hands. Our voices will ring out to sing the Lord’s Blessing in phonetic German, just like Oma taught us.


Sator, Barbara Annemarie
Barbara Sator, age 81, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, following a short illness. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her children Rosemarie (Bob), Christine (Steve), Rick (Monika) and Christian (Daniela). Barb will also be fondly remembered by her 12 grandchildren, Alec, Emily, Anna, Polly, Nicholas, Eric, Daniel, Erik, Brigitta, Cameron, Olivia and Meagan, her sister Christel, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Barbara was predeceased by her husband Hartmut (2001). 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12:30pm at Martin Luther Church, 2379 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Barbara to a charity of your choice. 


Cremation entrusted to

Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service

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