Wiepkje (Wies) Hendrika Baars Danckaerts, 85, of Newnan, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute.
Mrs. Baars was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 9, 1927. During the second World War, she and her family survived four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp before moving to the Netherlands, where she met her future husband. In December 1963, she and her family immigrated to the United States, setting down roots in Rye, New York. She and her husband later moved to South Windsor, Connecticut, in 1999 and then Newnan, Georgia, in May 2012.
The most important thing in her life was family, which was celebrated annually with a vacation at a lake house on Dark Bay Point in Lake George. Although she led a frugal life and always had her coupons on hand, she was extremely generous to a large number of charities. Even her family did not realize how many organizations she supported until the stack of calendars arrived each year.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Baars; children, Carla, Dirk, and Robert; and grandchildren, Andrea, Kristen, Brian, and Connor.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckoon.com .
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Epilepsy Foundation Western/ Central PA; In Memory of Wies Baars; 1501 Reedsdale St., Ste 3002; Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Contributions can also be made online at www.efwp.org/donate . A private family memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 13 in Newnan.
McKoon Funeral Home and Crematory, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263; 770-253-4580.