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

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....

 

 

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One BLESSED Life

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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. 

 

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