Barbara Lynn Spaan

  • Born: June 11, 1955
  • Died: February 10, 2019
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

4334 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109
Tel. (216) 741-7700

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Daughter, Companion, Sister, Aunt

BARBARA LYNN SPAAN, 63, loving daughter of Marie A. Spaan and the late William F. Spaan; loving companion of Daniel Ezra; dear sister of Diana Paskey (Ron), Nancy Wiewel (Wolfgang), Linda Karthan (Roland); dear aunt of 15 and 11 great-nieces and nephews. Member of the OBCDC, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation. Involved in the birth of Crime Watch and one of Cleveland City's trained volunteer auxiliary officers, 25 years of service. Passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be forwarded to Parma APL, 6260 State Road, Parma, OH 44134. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 4334 Pearl Road, Cleveland, Sunday, February 17 from 1-3pm and 5-6pm. A Celebration of Life will be Sunday at 6pm in the funeral home. 216-741-7700


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hello My Friend... hard to believe a year has gone by ... there hasnt been one day that I didnt think of you. I know you are there. I know you are looking over me and all your family and friends. You are deeply missed. Always in my heart... your friend forever,

Posted by Lindi Varju - friend   February 04, 2020


Posted by Sandy Petitto - Old Brooklyn, OH   September 16, 2019

My sincere condolences to Barb's family and friends. I worked with Barb in the Ward 16 Mini Station for almost 12 years, she really cared about her community and neighbors. She was a great person with a big heart. Rest in peace Barb.

Posted by David Carroll - Cleveland, OH   March 11, 2019

Posted by David Carroll - Cleveland, OH   March 11, 2019

I just found out yesterday about Barb. I am so sad. I will keep you, your family, Dan and Cooper in my prayers. There is a candle burning today in your memory and your life now. I will miss our long night time talks. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Posted by Melody Halsey - Cleveland, OH   March 03, 2019

I just found out and truly in shock, I have known Barb for over 30 years,,, I am her hairstylist,, This breaks my heart she was so genuine and kind, hen you see someone every month for all hose years it's like family, Barb I will truly miss our conversations your laugh and miss you wali g in the shop,, Omg I am heartbroken, fly high, eternal peace, Carla

Posted by A friend   February 28, 2019

Barbara was a great friend and partner in the Cleveland Police Auxiliary. Her passion was above and beyond any I have ever seen in her efforts for Old Brooklyn. RIP my friend.

Posted by Donna Gilles - Denton, NC   February 23, 2019

You are home but we will miss you. love ya! inspector walt

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2019

You left us too soon, Barb, but what an impact you left on the Old Brooklyn community! I knew you as the Ward 15 councilman but also as a resident of Old Brooklyn. You were a strong and positive voice for the people of that community, always advocating on behalf of its' residents--especially those without a voice or those with a voice that could not be heard. You left the world a much better place. May your memory be eternal!

Jim Rokakis

Posted by jim - rocky river, OH   February 22, 2019


I'll never forget you . You were the best commander I worked for. Thank you for everything you taught me. Thanks for also being a friend .

Posted by Joe Jones - Parma hts, OH   February 18, 2019

Posted by Joe Jones    February 18, 2019

Posted by Joe Jones    February 18, 2019

Posted by Joe Jones    February 18, 2019

I will always have fond memories of Barb. The best ones are the sleep overs at her home growing up. I will always have a smile on my face when I think of Barb. My sincerest sympathy to Barb's family.
Margie Speerbrecher ( Junger ) a long ago friend..Berea OH

Posted by Margie Speerbrecher Speerbrecher - Berea, OH - Classmate   February 18, 2019

We really are going to miss you the Old Brooklyn meeting Barb you were really loved. Rest in peace♥♥♥

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family. I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of Barb's passing.

Posted by Elisabeth Huppert-Bahm - Dayton, OH - Friend   February 16, 2019


Condolences to Barb's family
Denise Dalton
MQP Seniors

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2019

Not only was Barb the best step-mom I could ever ask for, but she was a true friend to me. I can't imagine a world without her in it, I miss her more than words can say.

Posted by Aimee Ezra - Lakewood, OH   February 15, 2019

Thinking of Barb's family & offering condolences to all of you at this time of sorrow. Judy & Jim Confer

Posted by Judy Confer - Atlanta, GA - Family Friend   February 14, 2019


I'm so saddened to hear about Barb's passing. I have many fond memories of this of this wonderful person and our friendship in high school. We've lost touch over the years but I can see from the other comments that she never changed. Always kind, sweet, caring and funloving!
My heartflet condolences to her entire family.
Rest in peace old friend. Say hello to "Poncho" for me!

Posted by Betty Alexinas - North Olmsted, OH   February 14, 2019

a very wonderful person who truly cared...

Posted by JOSEPH BIALEK - CLEVELAND, OH   February 14, 2019

Posted by JOSEPH BIALEK - CLEVELAND, OH   February 14, 2019

Dear Family! Wow! Sending our sincere and deepest sympathy to everyone! So many memories of my high school friend that I will hold in my heart including her laughter, love for Dan and her animals. Every time I eat Cheetose I think of her. She bought a bag from the vending machine every day during lunch. Will miss her letters at Christmas but most off will miss Barb! RIP my friend!

Posted by Anne and Mike Ference - Middleburg Heights, OH   February 13, 2019

So many fond memories growing up alongside your family and going on all those fun vacations with all 12 of us packed into a station wagon and the luggage on top! Your laughter will light up heaven the way it did here on earth. Love & condolences to your family.

Posted by Marge Hrusch    February 13, 2019

I will forever miss you, my dearest childhood friend. I can not imagine not hugging you anymore. My deepest sympathy to Dan, Mom, Dee, Nancy, Linda and all family members. Love you, Lindi

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

My sympathy goes to the Spaan family and friends, I'm very sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the loving God of all comfort and hope, give you the needed comfort during this time of sadness. Psalms 94:19


Posted by Tiffaney G - OH   February 13, 2019

To my dearest friend and nieghbor you will be greatly missed. Thirty plus years will never be forgotten. God needed a special angel upstairs Miss you. Our deepest sympathy

Posted by Jim and Nan Williams - Clevelanf   February 13, 2019

Having been a regular along with Dan for many years on our bus trips, it was with great sadness and sorrow to hear this surprising news. The memories are flooding my memory now... all wonderful!!! Barb will be sorely missed and my sympathies go out to Dan and the entire family :(

Posted by Jeff Brown - Wellington   February 13, 2019

I will miss that big heart of yours good friend. I am better for having you in my life for the past 20 years. Rest in Peace. Love You Cindy Flanagan.

Posted by Cindy Flanagan - Cleveland, OH   February 13, 2019

Posted by Cindy Flanagan - Cleveland, OH   February 13, 2019

February 13,2019 In loving memory of a wonderful person. we will miss you always. Sincerely S.B. East Cleveland,Ohio.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2019

One our favorite neighbors always smiling always happy! You will be greatly missed by all of us as well as all the furry ones you took such great care of. Very blessed to have been your neighbor!!!!

Posted by Reichard - Cleveland, OH   February 13, 2019

One our favorite neighbors, always there,always smiling. You will be very missed by not only all those you have touched, but by all the furry critters that you cared for everywhere! Thank you for crossing our paths!

Posted by Theresa - Cleveland   February 13, 2019


May God Bless you, in your time of grief.

Posted by Richard and Mary Riccardi - Cleveland, OH   February 13, 2019

Barb, You were the best commander Cleveland Auxillary police had hands down.Thanks for always Being there for me. Nobody can never ever fill your shoes. I was honored to work under you. You gave 25 years of your service . You are a hero. I'll never forget all the fun times we had in the field. Thanks Barb for everything you done for me. I'll never forget you.

Posted by Joe Jones - Parma heights, OH   February 12, 2019

Barb, you were a shining star in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. You gave your all to help people and there will never be anyone like you. I already miss you. You finally get to take the day off, so RIP dear lady. I will look for your star in the sky, watching over us. Love to you.

Posted by Sue Gundich - Cleveland, OH   February 12, 2019

Barb, we were one of the first Block Watch meetings about 23 -24 yrs ago. We have gone to the Fire Training, and the Citizens Police Academy. I will miss you so much, I already miss you. My heart is broken, but Heaven is a better place right now cause I believe you are there.
You truly are a friend no one can ever forget.
- All my Love, Vicky Horval, Cleveland, OH Feb 12, 2019

Posted by Victoria Horval - Cleveland, OH - Friend   February 12, 2019


For Ever in our hearts. We. miss. you !!!!

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2019

I miss you Barb with all of my heart. You were the bravest, kindest, most compassionate person I have ever know. I will spend the rest of my days on this planet in gratitude, for the help you have given me and for all you have taught me. I pray that God keeps your family and friends strong. God bless your beautiful soul. With love.

Posted by Tammy McCoy - Cleveland, OH   February 12, 2019

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