Barbara A. Sander
Barbara Ann Sander, 84, of Glen Arbor, passed away Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 14, 1935 to Lowell Kemper and Grace Mohr Kemper. The family ran a paper company, making artificial flowers and confetti for parades. She loved her summers spent at Camp Kohahna on Lake Michigan where she attended from age six to 16. She attended Principia College and then moved to Boston to work at the Christian Science Publishing Society where she met her husband, Christopher Newport. They married in 1956, moved to his native England and had 3 children. The family moved back to the Boston area in 1967 and to Virginia in 1973.
In 1983, Barbara married Richard E. Sander and shortly thereafter moved to Glen Arbor. She spent many years working at the camp and volunteering at the Reading Room, food pantries, and anywhere she could lend a helping hand. She was incredibly strong in her faith and especially in her love. She loved life everyday, as we all should, but sometimes forget. She will continue to carry on that faith and love while in her final resting place.
She is survived by her daughter Sally Guenette, of Massachusetts; husband, John; grandchildren, Jennifer and Matthew and their families; son, Neil Newport, of Virginia, wife Beth; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Hannah; daughter-in-law, Mary Newport Burk; and grandchildren, Christopher and Amanda and their families. She is also survived by Richard's children, Jeff and Kathy and their families. This year she was fortunate enough to meet her first great- grandchild, Caleb Matthew Guenette.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Christopher Newport; her second husband, Richard Sander; and her loving son, Keith Newport.
The family wishes to thank Brenda Rojas at the Residence at Orchard Grove for her loving care and the entire staff of Dodge Park Rest Home who provided unbelievable support and caring during her final few months.
At her request, there will be no services.
A celebration of her life will be held this summer in Glen Arbor, with the town and people she loved so deeply. Donations may be made to Camp Kohahna, 1653 Port Oneida Road, Maple City, MI 49664.
Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Hammond St., Worcester, Massachusetts is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published on January 14, 2020


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Roo Smith
Jan 16, 2020
Larry and I spent time much with Richard and Barbara talking and enjoying each other's company. Barbara is and will remain a wondrous woman., continuing to be happy, loving and doing good.
Barbara Siepker
Jan 15, 2020
My memories are full of wonderful times spent in her presence sharing a cause that she and Dick helped get established: Glen Arbor Art Association. Her smile and kindness will always be remembered.