Michele Marie Babister

August 11, 1966 - November 9, 2020

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

Michele was born on August 11, 1966 and was always the cheerleader in our lives.  So enthusiastic and supportive with such a great sense of humour.  We had so much fun and laughter together and shared many stories and adventures.

Michele passed peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on November 9th, 2020 at the age of 54.  She was the loving daughter and best friend of Francesca Babister (Eric Anderson) and the late Danny Babister.  Beloved wife of Mark Dluzynski and a cherished niece, cousin and friend.

Although Michele was born and grew up in Toronto, she loved Barrie since moving 15 years ago.  One of her great pleasures was walking her beloved dog, Scooter through the forest behind her house, and the many lovely parks.  She had such a willingness to help people and volunteered for many years at the Barrie Community Health Centre.

Michele had many passions, including collecting unique art pieces from the many artisan shows we attended.  Creating her own artistic glass pieces and fusing them at Huronia Glass Studio gave her much pleasure.  She was so creative and also enjoyed gardening, flowers and spending sunny times in Greenhouses.

Michelle loved to cook and feed people, having a great knowledge of food.  This was partly gleaned from helping at her grandmother’s Toronto restaurant and working as a foodservice sales person in Toronto.  Visiting farmers markets was a fun pastime.

A family interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. And we will have a Celebration of her life at a later date as well.  Donations in her name will be gratefully accepted at the Barrie Community Health Centre or to Gilda’s House.

We rejoice and celebrate the amazing life Michele lived, so grateful to have shared it with her.  She was so much loved, and even though she is gone, will always be a part of us.  Michele has left us so many wonderful memories, she shone like the sun in our lives and will be loved and missed forever.

“You can never love someone as much as you miss them, but you should spend every day trying.”

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9 Condolences
  • Carol Preece Swan
    Posted on: Friday, November 13, 2020 Reply

    Our precious jewel Michele. She was so kind. Everyone she came in contact with felt her kindness. Jason when told said ” but she was so kind!” Her visits something to really look forward too! Always helping others. Intelligence beyond us. Her laughter so infectious. Her sense of humor so much FUN! There are only a few bright stars and Michele was one of them. You were blessed if you knew Michele. It seems like only yesterday Scotty and I drove Michele home from the hospital with her parents. We drove her home in that August heat. Windows closed heater on. We almost gave her heat rash her in that car. Definitely a special day to remember. She was like a little Angel wrapped up in that blanket. There were so many first we witnessed. First words, first steps, first tooth coming in all precious memories. The name Michele means “Who is Like God.” That’s perfectly fitting for Michele. I’ll never look at a shooting star again without thinking of Michele Marie Babister. The Swan Family


    I’d like the memory of me
    to be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an afterglow
    of smiles when life is done.
    I’d like to leave an echo
    whispering softly down the ways,
    Of happy times and laughing,
    times and bright sunny days.
    I’d like the tears of those
    who grieve, to dry before the sun;
    Of happy memories that
    I leave when life is done,

    Author Unknown

  • Mary Power
    Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Reply

    Fran, I have no words to tell you how sorry we are to hear of Michele’s passing. May the wonderful memories you shared keep you strong and comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Eric.

  • Carrie and Jim Galea
    Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Reply

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Please know you are very close in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you Frannie, Eric and family at this difficult time.

  • Ramona and Randy
    Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Reply

    Dearest Fran, Eric and Mark

    Those were beautiful words for a beautiful lady.

    Fran, you and Michele were each other’s shadows, so she will always be by your side.

    Your loving cousins,
    Ramona and Randy xoxo

  • Barb and Dan Brazier
    Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Reply

    Fran, Eric and Mark

    We are so emensely saddened hearing the news of your beautiful Michele’s passing.
    It is so very heartbreaking and so hard to even process.

    Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Godspeed Michele

    Be at peace

  • Joan Broughton Ramsay
    Posted on: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Reply

    Fran and family,
    I am so sorry and saddened to hear about the loss of your beautiful, talented extremely thoughtful daughter Michele.
    When I saw her photo it brought back memories, Michele sure looks like you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and strength,

    Jan & Gord

  • Cathy Schmitt
    Posted on: Monday, November 16, 2020 Reply

    Fran…I could not believe the sad news about Michelle…..my heart goes out to you and Eric and your family. I remember Michelle as a young girl when we worked together and especially on those Xmas eve get togethers at your house …such a sweet young lady.
    I can’t imagine the sadness you are feeling at the loss of a child. Words are a mere comfort for what your going through…please accept my sincere condolences…Cathy

  • Joanne Gooley
    Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2020 Reply

    Fran, Eric and Mark. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michele. So sand. She was so young. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Angie Armstrong
    Posted on: Sunday, November 22, 2020 Reply

    Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to hear about Michele.
    I imagine there is no pain deeper than losing a child…I’m so sorry for your great loss.
    I’m honoured to have known your beautiful Michele! Her kindness for others was as bright as her gorgeous smile.
    Please know that I am thinking of you at this very sad time and sending my love.
    Love Angie xo

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