Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer with her family by her side on January 30, 2014 at 55 years of age. Dear wife and best friend of Dave and the late Ben Damsgard. Daughter of the late Patricia and husband Robert Lake. Loving step-mother of Darren Sweetman. Loved sister of Carol Appleyard (late Bob), Bill Surgent (Liz), Marilyn Uchanski, Patty Mascarin (Don), Dave Surgent (Jan), and Ken Surgent. Sister-in-law of Robert Sweetman (Deb), Ron Sweetman (Barb), Carol LaBonte (Daniel), and Kathy Lumby. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Barb was a very kind and compassionate person who will be deeply missed. Barb is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. North, Essex on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. for a time to share stories and memories. There will be no funeral service. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to the medical staff of Met Hospital for your care and kindness. You may send your condolences online at

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