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Emerson Jean Barbaro

Mon, Jan 14th, 2013
Posted in All Obituaries

Miss Emerson Jean “Emmi” Barbaro, 10, of Fayetteveille, N. Carolina, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012, while sledding with her best friend and brother, Julian and her two cousins, at their grandparents’ home in Daseel, Minn.

She is survived by her mother and father, Heather and Richard Barbaro; her five brothers, Ryan of Dexter, Mich.; (and his wife, Devon, and children, Andrew, Dane, Mae, and Nora); Justin of Fayetteville (and his fiancee Callie); Brandon of Chapel Hill. N. Carolina; Colin of Chapel Hill (and his fiancee, Lauren); and Julian of Fayetteville. She also is survived by her great-grandparents, Orval and Alice Lea of Rushford; grandparents Barb and Craig Kay of Dassel, Aunt Pamela and Uncle Eric Sandstede of Dassel, Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joe Harmala, and cousins Greta, Ryan and Darby of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; Aunt Leah Kay of Duluth (and her friend Michael Clark); Aunt Jeanette Bratti of Wantaugh, NY; and Aunt Kathy and Uncle Charles Prentice of Inverness, Florida.

Emmi only lived 10 short years, yet she touched the lives of many. She loved Jesus and she loved life! She woke up every day with a smile on her face and joy in her heart. She was a great soccer player for the Fayetteville Force; ran several 5K races; completed two triathlons; and loved to swim, tumble and flip. She dreamed of competing in the Olympics one day; loved to sing; believed in Santa Claus; and savored the good in all people.

She conquered her small world with luminous laughter and boundless energy. She was never ready for bed but always the first one up to start a new day. There were few things that Emmi wasn’t truly good at. She welcomed any challenge with relentless determination. She was never afraid of defeat, and win or lose, the result was always the same... a beaming smile from ear to ear. Her small frame carried a big personality and an even bigger heart.

Unfortunately, a tragic accident ended her life here on this earth. She now sings and plays for Our Lord in Heaven. We miss her so very much!

A celebration of life service was held January 2, 2013, at Manna Church.

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