Barbara Anne Verrier Kemple

2/2/1947 New York City

Whatever !

The Playlist

Barbs tunes

  • O God Beyond All Praising OCP Session Choir

    It says is All !

  • Salve Regina The Cathedral Singers

    It gives honor to my Heavenly Mother....she is my best friend

  • Theme from a Summer Place Percy Faith & His Orchestra

    Richie and I danced to this at our wedding....our favorite place to hang out was a summer cabin at Bear Mountain

  • Man of La Mancha: Dulcinea Plácido Domingo

    It speaks of seeing the person God calls us to be.

  • The Impossible Dream (from "Man Of LaMancha") Joe Darion

    This was really Richie's favorite song...not Bye Bye American Pie...

  • Bye Bye Miss American Pie Billy Cassidy

    Okay..this was his second favorite....and id brings back fun memories of driving to the 'summer place' in a big white push button Chrysler

  • The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel

    Conveys much on many levels

  • Galway Bay Celtic Woman

    Because if it were not the for the courage of Nellie Dunn....I would not be who I am.

  • Jesus My Lord, My God, My All Benedictines of Mary

    A favorite hymn

  • Messe à trois voix, Op. 12: Panis Angelicus César Franck

    My Most Favorite hymn

  • Lift High the Cross Saint Michael

    It is what I want the world to do...especially my family

  • You Raise Me Up Josh Groban

    It speaks volumns

One Life

Barbara Anne Verrier Kemple daughter of Clifton Joseph Verrier and Frances Elizabeth Scanlon

Sister of John Joseph Verrier married to Jo-Ann

Spouse of Richard Matthew Kemple

Mother of Susan Paige Kemple, Lynn Marie Young married to Tim; Matthew Joseph Kemple; Marc James Kemple married to Alison ; Michael John Kemple married to Sandra ; Brian Andrew Kemple

Grandmother of : Ryan, Daniel, Matthew, Thomas, James, Liam, Sean, Elizabeth, Patrick, Aidan, John Paul, Adam, Mary Therese, Flannery, Samuel, Michaela, Augustine, Ehren, Gabriella, Frances, Sophia, Alison, Brigid, Yasu

 Worked as a Grief Counselor for Hospice and spent over 20 years as a Catechist for the Diocese of Raleigh.

The rest is yet to come....



Not a Selfie

  • this is not a selfie


the short version

I was the surprise second child born to my parents, Red and Biddy , twelve years after my brother , Jack.  A biographer might see my early life as one of poverty. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, lived the first 21 years of my life in a five story walk up apartment building. Surely there was not an abundance of 'things' in our lives.....but there was no poverty of love.

At times I resented having three parents, but in time my brother was the 'go to' person in my life....I miss him something awful.

After a brief time in religious life, I met Richard Kemple, fell in love, married and in less than 6 years there were four little Kemples......I love being a mom !  But there were more to come... eight years later came a surprise baby followed in three plus years by a shock baby. There are now 24 grandkids who fill my heart with inexpressible joy.

Matthew's untimely sudden death in 1991 shook us all. He left a gaping hole he in my heart....but God is good, and has poured a balm over that hole to ease the pain in untold and mysterious ways.

Life with Richie, was a ride.....some days cruising other days racing up hills and down. He went to meet Matthew in 2008. I know he is happier now.

For whatevever reason, Our Lord has given me the most amazing children....all of them faithful, generous, caring, loving people who love life...and me ?  .... but most importantly love Our Lord Jesus Christ. And in the end...that will be what matters. Lift High The Cross.