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Emerson "Emmi" Jean Barbaro
  • 10 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 14, 2002
  • Place of birth:
    Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 27, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Litchfield, Minnesota, United States
Let the memory of Emerson be with us forever

     Fayetteville- Emerson Jean “Emmi” Barbaro,10, of 151 Ellerslie Dr., Fayetteville, NC died Thursday December 27, 2012, while sledding with her best friend and brother, Julian, and her two cousins, at their grandparents home in Dassel, MN. She is survived by her mother and father, Heather and Richard Barbaro; her 5 brothers:  Ryan of Dexter, Michigan (his wife, Devon and children Andrew, Dane, Mae, Nora); Justin of Fayetteville (his fiancée, Callie); Brandon of Chapel Hill; Colin of Chapel Hill (his fiancée, Lauren); and Julian of Fayetteville. She is also survived by her grandparents, Barb and Craig Kay of Dassel, MN; Great grandparents, Orval and Alice Lea of Rushford, MN; Aunt Pamela and Uncle Eric Sandstede of Dassel, MN; Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joel Harmala, and cousins Greta, Ryan, and Darby of Pequot Lakes, MN; Aunt Leah Kay of Duluth, MN (her friend Michael Clark); Aunt Jeanette Bratti of Wantaugh, NY; Aunt Kathy and Uncle Charles Prentice of Inverness, FL.

     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 2 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 will be held at Manna Church (5117 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314) on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 6p.m. preceded by visitation from, 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the same location. Visitation will also be held on Thursday night, January 3, 2013, at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home from 6p.m. until 8 p.m.

    Emmi had been trying to raise money for the American Heart Association. She would attend Julian's basketball games with her own handmade sign in the lobby in hopes of raising money. She was going to Jump Rope for Heart on January 14 at her school Fayetteville Academy. 
In the near future, we will be organizing an athletic event to honor Emmi.
We miss her terribly, but we know that we will see her again one day. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Olivia Martin on 29th May 2014

"Emmi i wish i got to know you better. Emma Brock and I are like best friends now and she tells me so many joyful stories about you. I loved having you on my soccer team and you were a beast at soccer. One day when we are old and i go up to heaven me you and emma will have to play soccer and hangout! I miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Emma Brock on 20th April 2014

"I am so grateful I got to meet Emmi. She really left in impact on my life. I miss her so dearly much, but at the same time I have comfort that she is doing well. I cant wait till the day I get to be on your soccer team! We will dominate! We will win that championship game together! Even though i didnt get to go to the academy with you that last year, that never stopped us from hanging out! I'd call you every weekend asking can Emmi hangout today? oh goodness. I miss hanging out with you so much. love you so much and Im proud to call you my true BEST FRIEND"

This tribute was added by megan villar on 28th December 2013

"I never had the privilege to meet your precious girl Emmi. I can tell you I've only heard the most amazing things about her through a mutual friend Sarah Pollard.  Just looking at her pictures makes me smile. Such a gorgeous young lady.  May God bless your beautiful family!!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Flaherty on 28th December 2013

"Rich, Heather, and Julian-I do not know you well, but was blessed to meet Emmi just a few times at FA during last years BB season.  Her energy in the concessions stand was contagious and so charming.  Since her tragic accident I have learned so much more about Emmi and your wonderful family.  She touched so many lives!  Joe Dowd has done a lot of work for us in the past years and he shared with me several stories of Emmi and Julian...he loves your children!  I just wanted to express my sympathy again to you all...you have endured one of the hardest years that a family can experience.  I am sure that you had times you didn't want to get out of bed and face the day without her....but you did.  Your smiles, your energy, your zeal for keeping Emmi's memory alive is an inspiration to everyone around you and I will continue to pray for each of you."

This tribute was added by manda parrous on 27th December 2013

"Thinking of you on this day. I can't believe it's been a year.i miss you soooo much.i hate not seeing you everyday at soccer.im praying for the barbaro family and I know emmi is in good hands.god will take care of her and i know she's having fun in heaven.-Maiya parrous"

This tribute was added by Ann Herndon on 27th December 2013

"Well done, sweet girl!!"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Maher on 27th December 2013

"Thinking about, praying for the Barbaro family and remembering Emmi today. Coach McCarthy and I along with our boys and girls soccer teams remember Emmi with a prayer before every game and we will continue to do so. Emmi will never be forgotten! God Bless"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Prince on 26th December 2013

"Heather, Rich, and Julian,
I wanted you to know that I am keeping all of you in my heart today.  
Emmi brought so may gifts into this world.  She touched everyone who knew her.  I cannot believe she has been gone for a year.  I think of your family and Emmi so often, and although this day reminds me of her passing last year, it has also given me an opportunity to revisit some wonderful memories I have of her.  I remember seeing Emmi at the Reindeer run last year and telling her how much I loved her costume.  She flashed me a big, toothy grin and we giggled together.  She always made me smile.  
--Sending you thoughts of peace and courage to all of you and lifting each of you up in prayer."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Prince on 26th December 2013

"Celtic Blessing

“She does not leave, she is not gone,
she looks upon us still.
She walks among the valleys now,
she strides upon the hill.

Her smile is in the summer sky,
her grace is in the breeze.
Her mem'ries whisper in the grass
her calm is in the trees.

Her light is in the winter snow,
her tears are in the rain.
Her merriment runs in the brook,
her laughter in the lane.

Her gentleness is in the flowers
her sigh in autumn leaves.
She does not leave, she is not gone,
'Tis only we that grieve.”"

This tribute was added by Mitch Herndon on 23rd December 2013

"Hi Rich and Heather.  We're going to "Run for Emmi" too.  With love and support from Chapel Hill.  Mitch, Heather, Tyler, Sophia and Logan"

This tribute was added by Rich Barbaro on 22nd December 2013

"Yesterday was the annual Ryan's Reindeer Run. Emmi's favorite event. It is by far, the best family celebrated event held at Christmas time each year, honoring Ryan Kishbaugh. There were many runners wearing pink Emmi shirts, memorializing her and letting the Barbaro family know that Emmi has not been forgotten. It truly was heart warming to see and feel the support shown  by so many fellow athletes . Can't thank you all enough"

This tribute was added by Joyce Evans on 14th October 2013

"We think about her often.  Never forgotten.  Remains in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Sarah Pollard on 14th October 2013

"Happy birthday Emmi. I wish more than anything that I could give you a birthday hug and see that beautiful smile. Miss you each and every day.XXXXXXXXXXX"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Maher on 22nd May 2013

"Rich and Heather,
Great job yesterday at the academy. It was a lovely tribute to Emmi and your words were very touching. It was heart breaking to see her classmates so upset but it also shows how much they love and miss Emmi. People never forget kindness and Emmi was a walking bundle of kindness a gift she got from you two. Thanks for all you guys do !"

This tribute was added by Emaly Bostaph on 21st May 2013

"Emmi would sit in the gymnasium lobby during each game trying to raise money for the American Heart Association. She was the kindest and most caring person that I have met. I will miss seeing her beautiful face each day and that amazing smile that lit up every person. Love you, Emmi. My thoughts and prayers are with you forever."

This tribute was added by Jessica Gardner on 7th February 2013

"I didn't know Emmi very well, but she ALWAYS had a smile on her face, and every time I saw her, I remember thinking about how pretty she was, and how she would be even more beautiful when she gets older. My family and I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time, but I know that Emmi will always be with you every step of the way. Rest in peace & paradise, sweet girl!"

This tribute was added by Martha Holster on 31st January 2013

"To the family of Emmi:
Our hearts go out to you in you loss. Truly God has a new Angel to look over you,
Martha & Ned"

This tribute was added by krystal jordan on 28th January 2013

"We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers each day.
Joe and Violet Dowd"

This tribute was added by holden godwin on 19th January 2013

"For the Barbaro Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beatiful girl. I know she was an amazing person. She is missed and will always be! your family is in my prayers. She is a beautiful little angel now. She's in a better place now. Thank you Emmi for all the lives you touched."

This tribute was added by maiya parrous on 19th January 2013

"I was on emmies soccer team she was an amazing player.she made me laugh and smile every time I saw her!our team will never be the same!emmie and mrs.heather mr.rich and Julian you will be in my prayers every night!im really sorry for your loss!every time I'm on the soccer field I will think of emmie and play my hardest!she touched many people just like me!-maiya"

This tribute was added by dan heidenreich on 18th January 2013

"You are so wonderful... Your daddy is such an amazing person, he is so blessed to have a daughter like you.  Your mother is such a strong and incredible rock to your family. Keep blessing everyone with your amazing beauty. You have touched more souls than could ever be imagined.  Stay sweet and tell Santa and Jesus we all say howdy !!"

This tribute was added by KARAN CHRISTIAN on 15th January 2013

"Angel~Baby, I am a teacher & was drawn to the news today b/c of the jump rope for heart story. I am so touched by your story & my prayers are with your family. I always contribute to this cause in memory of my daddy but I vow from this day foward to make jump rope for heart your angel~versary too. Now go run, tumble & play & if you see a silly lil dauchsund hes mine, pet him for me :)"

This tribute was added by Joyce Van Voast on 14th January 2013

"We did not know you or your little Emmi, but we know her Aunt Leah and Grandma Barb and Grandpa Craig.  We know Emmi was a wonderful little girls because her grandparents and Aunt are some of greatest people we know.  We can only imagine your pain, but pray and think of your family daily. Our daughter said it best, Emmi lives on through Leah cause they look and seem to act so much alike."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Lamberth on 13th January 2013

"Your family is continually in our daily prayers. We pray that your faith will continue to be a source of strength during this sorrowful journey.
Jennifer, Dennis & Sherry Lamberth"

This tribute was added by Kari Ellis on 12th January 2013

"To the Barbaro family,
I am so terribly sorry to hear of your tragic loss.  Dr. Barbaro has assisted me in Forensic Dentistry & I know him to be the most pleasant & friendly person in his profession.  It hurts my heart to know his must be broken at the loss of his daughter.  May your faith in the Lord bring you all comfort."

This tribute was added by Mitch Herndon on 12th January 2013

"Thank you, Emmi.  You have changed many people's lives and will forever impact the world.  Our son is starting a project like yours for the American Heart Association in honor of you.
Love,
The Herndons"

This tribute was added by Paul & Patsi Dalpe on 10th January 2013

"In memory of our little angel"

This tribute was added by Lisa and Chris Abel on 10th January 2013

"Dear Heather and Rich,
Chris and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts, asking God to be with you and bring you peace.
Thinking of you now and in the days to come.
Lisa"

This tribute was added by Linda Martin Anderson on 8th January 2013

"Heartfelt condolences from our family to yours. My heart can only imagine your pain right now. God Bless you and give you the strength you need to live on without your precious girl until the day you see her again in Heaven. Linda (Martin) Anderson and family (Griz Martin's widow)."

This tribute was added by Marsha Young on 6th January 2013

"Colin and Lauren, you are in my prayers for strenght through this tragic time, as is your entire family. There are no words that can comfort you so I send my thoughts and love. You both have made an impression on me as it sounds like your sister did to many lives daily...see you back at school soon."

This tribute was added by Greg Combs on 5th January 2013

"Rebecca and I are so sorry for your loss. May Emmi's bright warm sunrays shine on us all."

This tribute was added by Tony & JoAnn Torres on 5th January 2013

""Dear Richard, Heather and family,

May God continue to comfort you and the family during this most difficult time.  You are in our thoughts and prayers."    “ With our deepest condolences to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Mitch Herndon on 4th January 2013

"Hi Rich and Heather,

Emmi was and is a wonderful young lady and touched many lives.  Please know she continues touching lives today and will forever do so.  We love you.

Heather and Mitch Herndon"

This tribute was added by vanessa wade on 4th January 2013

"You all are thought of and prayed for every day.
Vanessa and Clay Wade"

This tribute was added by Janine West on 4th January 2013

"Dear Rich, Heather, Julian, and family, The Army's Army will continue to pray for all of you! We are deeply sorry for your loss!"

This tribute was added by Janine West on 4th January 2013

"Words can not describe the loss of a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barbaro family!"

This tribute was added by rhonda peterson on 4th January 2013

"Dear Heather, Rich and family,
May God continue to comfort you and carry you through this most difficult time.
Our lives have been blessed and enriched for having known Emmi.
You are in our thoughts and  prayers."

This tribute was added by rhonda peterson on 4th January 2013

"Dear Heather, Rich and family,
May God continue to comfort you and carry you through this difficult time. Our lives have been blessed and enriched for having known Emmi.

Rhonda and Damian Peterson"

This tribute was added by Brenda Faye Reeves on 3rd January 2013

"I have been a patient of yours since 1988 and I realized when I met you what a compassionate person you were from the way you treated me and my and my girls and now I still come to your office. My heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of your only daughter. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and pray that god will strengthen all of you"

This tribute was added by Lisa Berekvam on 3rd January 2013

"Heather I am your cousin and am deeply sorry for your loss. I hope that some day you can look up in the sky and see a star shining brightly down at you, and know that it is your sweet daughter looking down on you and smiling like she did every morning.  Many prayers for you and your family."

This tribute was added by lauren matthews on 3rd January 2013

"Ive grown up playing soccer with Emmi, and going to school with her. She was a amazing soccer player, and beautiful sweet girl! My family and my cousin Holden and his family love Emmi so much and her family, and she will always be in our hearts. We love you so much emmi! - Lauren Matthews and family"

This tribute was added by Shannon Duerk on 3rd January 2013

"Our deepest condolances to your family.

The Ivan & Shannon Duerk Family"

This tribute was added by Erin Shreve on 3rd January 2013

"Emmi was a truly wonderful child.  Her sweetness and kindness infected everyone she met.  Her spirit will live on in those who knew and loved her.  I consider myself lucky to have known her.  You're in our thoughts Barbaro family."

This tribute was added by janet grubich on 3rd January 2013

"" The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Emmi. May God bless Dr. Barbaro, Heather and the Barbaro Family.
Sincerely, Janet and Nick Grubich
                Lisa and Matt Compton"

This tribute was added by Amy Sommerfeld on 3rd January 2013

"I was in tears the day I found out about beautiful Emmi, I was her school counselor at Fayetteville Academy for 3 years and the Barbaro children are wonderful blessings from God.  I will cherish her smile, laughter, and good times at the FA.  I pray for the family to continue her remarkable legacy and I wish I was there and didn't have to move to assist in supporting Emmi's school, family."

This tribute was added by Ly Nguyen on 3rd January 2013

"Our family sends our deepest sympathy and prayers."

This tribute was added by Katelynn Mundell on 3rd January 2013

"She was a really good soccer player. She didn't care whether we won or not. She might have been younger than me but she was way more mature. She always smiled. I'm gonna miss her."

This tribute was added by Debbie Boaro on 3rd January 2013

"Emmi was a beautiful, loving, caring and spirited little and now is a  beautiful, loving, caring and spirited angel and I miss her very much. My memories of Emmi started the day she was born. I remember standing in the kitchen when Rich called to let us know that him and Heather had a beautiful little girl. We were thrilled. Although we live in NY and they lived in NC we were always in touch wheth"

This tribute was added by Tara Perkins on 3rd January 2013

"No words could convey what we feel for Emmi's family. I do not think that there are words that exist...We offer our deepest sympathies.
Tara, Jerry, John, Carlee, and Seth Perkins"

This tribute was added by trish miekley on 3rd January 2013

"Julianne & Michalene always enjoyed playing with Emmi during the boys' soccer games. She was always so bright and cheerful and full of life.....a beautiful child. Heather, my heart is completely broken for you. There are no words. We are praying that you may feel His comfort and peace during this most unbelievable time."

This tribute was added by Ann Stanley on 3rd January 2013

"Always and forever an angel, Emmi had the purest heart.  She was a blessing to all of us."

This tribute was added by UhOh Psgettios on 3rd January 2013

"Condolences from Texas."

This tribute was added by Andrea shelton on 3rd January 2013

"We have been patients for many years and are deeply sorry for your loss. Emmi welcomed Mallory with open arms to the FSC team and always had a warm smile and a kind hello for us. We like to believe Emmi is an angel now,that travels in the sky watching over her parents and siblings. We pray for healing for the family. We will miss you Emmi from the Shelton family"

This tribute was added by Donna Kanode on 3rd January 2013

"We have been patients for many years.  I enjoyed so much hearing about Emmi, Julian, and the rest of the boys when I came to the office. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your wonderful family.  May the Lord comfort you during this tragic time.
Donna and Mel Kanode"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Windley on 3rd January 2013

"Dear Dr. Barbaro and Heather,
We did not have the pleasure of knowing Emmi, but we have been patients of yours for many, many years. You and your family are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. The Windley's Cynthia, Thomas, Chris, Nikki, Ashley, Danielle, Meagan, Nicholas, and Alexis"

This tribute was added by Linda Nann on 3rd January 2013

"Dear Dr. Barbaro & Heather;
Keith and I want to express our sincere condolences for your loss.  There is another star in the heavens tonight.  Just know that we are thinking of you during this time.  Much Love, Keith & Linda"

This tribute was added by Jo Kolstee on 3rd January 2013

"Our hearts are so heavy with sadness.  Sending our deepest sympathy.  As long time patients of the clinic we know how beautiful, loving, caring and giving the entire Barbaro family is.  Our prayers are with you.  Jerry & Jo Kolstee and Jerry Fitzhugh"

This tribute was added by Diane Vona on 2nd January 2013

"Love begins before a child is born and that love will live forever in your hearts.  Your family is in the prayers, thoughts, and hearts of those who care."

This tribute was added by Lori Vincent on 2nd January 2013

"Dr. Barbaro, Heather and family. I am so sorry for your pain, the heartache and the loss of your beautiful Emmi. My heart breaks for you and my prayer is that God will provide the strength and comfort you need. So many of us in the community have been blessed by the kindness of you both. Know that we love you and will keep you in our hearts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Melinda Oakes on 2nd January 2013

"I remember a few years ago Emmi waving her hands, sticking out her tongue smiling and laughing through the car window at me as Heather pulled into her parking space at work. This is when I first realized Emmi had such a fun, outgoing personality. She always seemed to want to make someone smile.Heaven must have needed an upbeat, cheerful angel. Thank you Emmi for your influence in this life"

This tribute was added by Carmen Dantzler on 2nd January 2013

"Please except our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.."

This tribute was added by Tracy Campbell on 2nd January 2013

"Angel, Angel, time to come home, the earth is no longer your place to roam, come claim your wings and soar through the air! Your destination is now your fate, God has chosen you and your date, Angel, Angel, now - you can watch over us all, help guide us towards our call.  Angel, Angel-now one with the Lord.  So beautiful a place you must have gone!  Angel, Angel sing loud your song!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Phillips on 2nd January 2013

"Dr. Barbaro and family I'm so sorry to hear the tragic news of Emmi I've never had the pleasure of meeting her, I have been a patient of Dr. Barbaro for sometime. My heart breaks for you all as a mother I can't imagine the heartache you all must be feeling. Just know that GOD needed an angel and although you all may be separated now you will be reunited again."

This tribute was added by Sarah Harvey on 2nd January 2013

"I'm a patient and never had the chance to meet Emmi, but as the mom of a 6 year old daughter, I am heartbroken over your loss and wish you strength and peace."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Wilson on 2nd January 2013

"You all are a wonderful family who I know brought so much joy to Emmi's life.  Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers."

This tribute was added by Susan DeCort on 2nd January 2013

"We are heartbroken over the loss of your beloved Emmi~ We are with you & your families in spirit & prayer. With love, The DeCorts & Whitmans"

This tribute was added by Kaitlyn Young on 2nd January 2013

""Emmi was a great friend. I will always hold close the memories of the fun times we shared at school, texting, and especially working together on Jump Rope for the Heart.  I know Llewie is there in heaven to take care of you.  I will forever miss you Emmi." Prayers to Julian,Dr. and Mrs. Barbaro, and your entire family."

This tribute was added by Linda McKee Ridley on 2nd January 2013

"Dave and I are loss for words but our hearts share with your family and Special Prayers are being said for your family and Emmi friends.  In thought we remain, Linda, Dave, and Danyelle Ridley"

This tribute was added by Christine Pasch on 2nd January 2013

"My heart is heavy and crying with you Heather, Rich, Julian and your entire family over the loss of beautiful Emmi.  My prayers and love are with you always.  Chris"

This tribute was added by Alvin Choy on 2nd January 2013

"Emerson I never had the honor of meeting you but I new your mother and father for many years. There warm, caring and loving spirit shines a bright light on things they touch. Emerson you have inherit that awesome gift and wonderful spirit. Your light shines even brighter in heaven. One day I will have the honor of meeting you. Until then keep shinning your light down on us. God Bless..."

This tribute was added by Christine Costanzo-Manley on 2nd January 2013

"Rich, Heather and family. Our family sends you our deepest sympathy. There are no amount of words that can express the sorrow we feel for all of you. Ryan, Justin, Brandon and Colin my prayers are with you always. You all have grown to be amazing adults and I know you will provide your Dad and Heather unimaginable support. We love you all and are praying for you."

This tribute was added by Connie Berchem on 2nd January 2013

"I'm so sorry to have heard the news of Emmi's passing. My heart aches for the entire Barbaro family. We are sending love and prayers your way."

This tribute was added by Robin Talley on 2nd January 2013

"To Heather and Family,
I am so deeply saddened for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. Heather you were so kind to me when Brian passed and I'll never forget it. This is so unimaginable. I took comfort in reading these tributes and I hope you will as well. I was never able to meet Emmi but I feel like I know her from your love for her. God bless you all."

This tribute was added by Kristin Bunner on 2nd January 2013

"On behalf of John & Ricky Britt, we offer our sincere condolences to all of Emmi's friends and family at this time."

This tribute was added by David Thompson on 2nd January 2013

"Our hearts are broken for you, and our prayers are with you always.
With our deepest sympathy,
David and Phillis"

This tribute was added by Wanda Cockrell on 2nd January 2013

"Emmi is a beautiful angel sitting at the feet of God!  Watching over her mom and dad and brothers forever!  My love and prayers to all the family."

This tribute was added by Sharon Flaherty on 2nd January 2013

"I had the privilege of meeting Emmi in concessions at the last BB game at FA before Christmas. Her smile and outgoing personality were infectious.  She worked diligently taking orders and making change, she impressed all of the adults that were there. I will never forget her sweet smile. May God be with her family and friends, she made the world a better place for everyone that met her."

This tribute was added by John Graham on 2nd January 2013

"Our family is deeply sadden and our hearts go out to the whole Barbaro family. We are so sorry for the loss of such a shining star, Emmi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

John & Peggy Graham, Wendy, Theresa, Hilda & Lucas"

This tribute was added by Karen Bathke on 2nd January 2013

"What a beautiful little girl with a beautiful family!  They have been through my line many times at Harris Teeter - Emmi was always smiling & so polite.  I will miss seeing her.  You could tell she was so happy with life.  Barbaro Family - you are all in my prayers at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Softy Patel on 1st January 2013

"Emmi I feel very sorry for your death. I believe that god will be taking good care of you, and you will be putting a smile on his face like you did to all of us. :-)"

This tribute was added by Jimmy Maher on 1st January 2013

"Emmi, will be sadly missed, Before a ball is kicked in any soccer game at Fayetteville Academy in the future we will always take time to remember this special young lady. She was so very talented in so many many ways. Our thoughts and prayers will continue...."

This tribute was added by Stephanie Hodges on 1st January 2013

"Emmi's beautiful smile will certainly be missed. Be very proud as she touched so many lives through her sweet, loving spirit and selfless acts as she always sought ways to help others. Young people and adults alike could learn a lot from her character. Thoughts are with your family and prayers that you may find strength during this difficult time. (Gehrig-2nd grade @ FA)"

This tribute was added by leona oberry on 1st January 2013

"My last memory of Emerson was at Ryan's Reindeer run. She was so  sweet and happy and a winner! Knowing the kind of young man Ryan was, I know that he has welcomed Emerson into heaven with open arms. Barbaro family..... take comfort in knowing that he is watching over her like a big brother. May GOD bless you all now and forever."

This tribute was added by Stacey Duenzl on 1st January 2013

"We haven't had the pleasure of meeting Emmi, but knowing her parents we know she was an amazing little girl. Our hearts are deeply sadden and go out to the whole Barbaro family. We are so sorry for the loss of your precious Emmi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With love and thoughts of you all,
The Duenzl Family"

This tribute was added by Olivia Martin on 1st January 2013

"Emmi was such a nice person. Whenever I saw her she was always smiling and making everyone happy. She was the best soccer player on our team. She had such great talents for soccer. I will miss our best player. Also I always remember how she never gave up and never complained about what coach or anyone told her to do. She was such an amazing girl and she will always be in my heart! Love ya!"

This tribute was added by Roxanne Purvis on 1st January 2013

"I will never forget watching Emmi at the Kids Tri, I was amazed at her swimming ability in the pool, and her blond hair flowing behind her on the bike and run was beautiful to watch.  My 5 year old niece and I saw her cross the finish line, and she said "Wow, she's so pretty!" and of course, everyone agreed!  Prayers continue, EJB forever!"

This tribute was added by Heather McKeithan on 1st January 2013

"Emmi brought a light to everyone she came in contact with.  Heather, Rich, and Julian, I will keep you in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Chris Corcione on 1st January 2013

"There will be an empty space in our hearts for Emmi.  She brought out the sunshine with her smile and joy to those around her.  You will always be in our prayers.  With love.  Chris and Sherry."

This tribute was added by John Phillips on 1st January 2013

"Dear Rich, Heather and boys,
Linda and I never met your sweet little girl and sister but we know Jesus will care for her and love her in the same way your family obviously did. We know that our Lord will help to comfort you through this painful time and pray  Emmi's memory  will continue to bring you some comfort.    John and Linda"

This tribute was added by Jeanette Cottone on 1st January 2013

"You are in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by christel haworth on 1st January 2013

"My memories of Emmi will always be of her beautiful spirit. She was beautiful inside and out. She never passed me by without a smile and "hello".  One day while in deep conversation with her dad, Emmi realized she had not spoken as they passed. She stopped and called back to me "hello" with her lovely smile.  Her beauty will forever live on in the hearts of all. Emmi, you are loved!"

This tribute was added by Mary Stapleton on 1st January 2013

"To the entire Barbaro family, Michael and I send our deepest condolences and want you to know your entire family is in our hearts and prayers.  May you find comfort in all the joy Emmi brought into your lives in her 10 short years with you.  May you also feel God's presence and love for each one of you as you lean on Him in your struggles in the days ahead.  Love Mary and Michael Stapleton"

This tribute was added by paula keeton on 1st January 2013

"Emmi was a beautiful young lady in every way.  Happy, healthy, kind, smart, wise for her years, and always looking out for others.  This world is a better place for having had Emmi in it.  She will always be in my prayers. Our family sends our love and deepest sympathy to your family."

This tribute was added by Leigh Shafer on 1st January 2013

"I only met Emmi once, when we visited our grandson Joel's class at Fayetteville Academy recently.  She and Joel were good friends and made each other laugh.  She was truly a sweet child and loved the idea that my husband was a "visiting lecturer" for the class, talking about geology.  Our deepest condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by Rachel cummings on 31st December 2012

"I did not know your daughter, but my gr.niece(Sydney Buckley) knew her when she was attending Fay Academy..I can tell from her smile that she was a happy child & I know she is with God, but our hearts still ache from losing there present here on earth.. May you feel the presents of God to get you thru these very difficult days. Take one day at a time & look to God for strength..."

This tribute was added by Adele Berchem on 31st December 2012

"I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had been able to meet Emmi.  My prayers are with you all as you go thru this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Gauri Patel on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was an awesome friend. Whenever I saw her, a smile came on my face. In Pre-K I was feeling lonely; Emmi came up to me and gave me a hand. Once I brought a little bell, (Christmas ornament) to school, when Emmi saw it she really liked it. She asked if she could have one. I said, yes. But I just couldn’t fulfill my promise. I will miss you a lot Emmi. :-)"

This tribute was added by Tim Strong on 31st December 2012

"Rich, Heather, Julian and the Barbaro Family,
Our thoughts and prayers to and for all of you during this time of loss. Emmi, will be missed but her smile will remain  with all of us for many years. Our deepest sympathy and love.
Tim, Sue and Jon Strong"

This tribute was added by Reese Smith on 31st December 2012

"I have never met you, the Barbaro family and friends.  I just wanted to say your memorial to your precious Emerson is beautiful.  I pray God will strengthen you during this time. I hope you can also take comfort in Revelation 21:4: "[God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more…the former things have passed away."  May God's love bring you comfort."

This tribute was added by Joyce Evans on 31st December 2012

"Our family is heartbroken. We can't imagine your pain.  God bless all of you & help you through this tremendous sorrow.   Sincerely with love, The Evans Family  Joyce, Bobby, sons Bryan, Bobby & daughter, Robyn."

This tribute was added by Troy McDuffie on 31st December 2012

"Dr. BarBaro (Rich)….My staff and I at the Spring Lake Police Department send our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at the time of the tragic loss of your precious daughter. I as well never met Emmi, but I’m certain her heart was as kind and caring as her father. May the Lord comfort you and your family during these difficult times!"

This tribute was added by Al Kittredge on 31st December 2012

"We loved the times Emmi visited our home. She was shy at first but soon warmed up and loved to play with our kitty cat. Her passing is a tragedy of epic proportions. She was such a sweet girl we know she had no problems passing muster for entrance into heaven - we pray that God will give her family the strength to carry on."

This tribute was added by Janna Osman on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was like a sunbeam!  Always bright and smiling! She was so sweet.  I got to see her every Tuesday and Thursday as she was waiting for her brother Julian's soccer practice to finish, since her soccer practice was already finished.  She was always doing cartwheels and flips and asking me to watch.  She was very talented on many levels!  We love her and the Barbaro family!!"

This tribute was added by Pat Koerner on 31st December 2012

"I only saw Emmi a few times, but what a beautiful little girl she was. I can't imagine the loss of someone so Precious in this life, but the good news is We will see her again. She is now in the Loving Arms of Jesus and He will keep her loved and cared for until the day you will hold her again. My prayers are with you ."

This tribute was added by Beckie Smith on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was a great girl. I loved it when I got to spend time with her over the last summers in Mrs. D and my mom's camps. I remember sitting on the bus with her in my lap and her telling me of all the great times she planned to have after camp with all of her friends. I really enjoyed all the times I got to spend with her. She was a sweet kid. RIP Emmi! You were loved by many. <3"

This tribute was added by Tracy Billups on 31st December 2012

"I remember when I used to come over and swim with Emmi and Julian. We used to have a wonderful time. I will always remember those times we shared (Cam Billups). I will miss her beautiful smile and laughter at  the basketball games. You will always be in our hearts. Jerry, Tracy and Cam."

This tribute was added by April Smith on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was one of those that stood out in a crowd. Her smile was contageous. She sat in front of me at our last basketball game making duck calls as we discussed the show Duck Dynasty. We won that game and I told her it was all because of her. Our baskeball games, our school, our lives will never be the same. I will miss you sweet girl. Thank you for blessing my life. All my love, Ms. April"

This tribute was added by John Bellamy on 31st December 2012

"I loved seeing Emmi at school and out of town with her parents at the Basketball games. She always had that beautiful smile and those pretty "smiling" eyes!  Our sincerest and hearfealt condolences and prayers to Richard, Heather, Julian and the rest of the family.  May God be with you all during this time.  John, Edwina, Justin and Jalen Bellamy."

This tribute was added by Andrea Dickerson on 31st December 2012

"The Dickerson Family and Eddie from the Force sends their love and prayers."

This tribute was added by Angelica & Heidi Napolitano on 31st December 2012

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barbaro family at this time. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful little Emmi she is now smiling down from heaven. May she rest in peace. Stay strong <3"

This tribute was added by beny neff on 31st December 2012

"Linda and I pray for our beloved Barbaro Family.  May The Lord comfort you during this difficult time.  Love from the Neffs"

This tribute was added by Brandi Finley on 31st December 2012

"We did not have the pleasure of meeting Emmi but my 4 boys & I have been patients of your Dental practice for 13 years. Sending lots of prayers your way & that you find great comfort knowing Emmi is an angel in heaven & you will see her again someday. God Bless your family & friends close to Emmi. <3 Dean & Brandi Finley, Brandon, Logan, Jordan & Trenton <3"

This tribute was added by Patty Wallen on 31st December 2012

"I was not lucky enough to have known Emmi, but my husband, myself and my two kids were patients of Dr. Barbaro's the years we lived in Fayetteville.  We moved away from Fayetteville about 6 years ago but am just heartbroken for all of you.  I know if she was anything like her father than she was a loving, caring little girl.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

This tribute was added by Sarah Pollard on 31st December 2012

"Emmi always wore the biggest smile and her happy, positive and loving personality ALWAYS brightened my day. I am so honored to have shared a part of her life. Thanks Emmi for all the hugs,smiles and for showing me those amazing cartwheels and flips! Miss you. x"

This tribute was added by Joan Brocki on 31st December 2012

"God Bless to the Barbaro Family, My Prayers and love is with you Always. My Heart is heavy for you but I Know Emmi will be taken care of in God's Hands.  Love you all, Joan"

This tribute was added by Barbara Borsati on 31st December 2012

"I was lucky enough to have a little conversation with Emmi and Julian on Christmas morning while waiting with mom Heather to get on the flight. That smile of Emmi will always stay with me, I haven't stop thinking and praying about the whole Barbaro family I can't imagine the pain in their heart and as a mom I'm so close to you in prayers."

This tribute was added by Phyllis Faircloth on 31st December 2012

"I have watched Emmi grow up and she was a beautiful girl on the inside and out.  Sometimes I would bring my niece with me to her house and she loved Emmi too. My heart is aching for Heather, Rich, Julian and the Barbaro family and I am truly honored to have known her.  She was a true blessing to all and she will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Vera Claude on 31st December 2012

"I did not have the pleasure of meeting Emmi but I sure had the pleasure of meeting her PROUD mom and dad. Emmi was a beautiful little girl with a contagious smile. Rich and Heather you did an an  that awesome job with Emmi, I praythat we can all come together to create some type of memorial scholarship fund in her honor."

This tribute was added by kathy walling on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was a sweet little patient who bravely tolerated shots from nurses at Rainbow Peds. I will always remember her sweet face and brave smile through it all. She will be missed by all but is now an angel in heaven"

This tribute was added by Barbara Sells on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was a beatiful most polite,careing,lovely little girl. I will alway have her smile in my Heart as she came into the room after School telling me how her day was or just her small talk her smile was always there when she would say "Yes ma Miss Barbara " I will alway have you in my heart Emmi .Love you Emmi! Heather,Rich and Julian"

This tribute was added by Edwina Bellamy on 31st December 2012

"Just seen Emmi with that beautiful smile of hers prior to the holiday break.  She ran up to me in the gym lobby so jubilant as she explained her raising money for the American Heart Association,   She was filled with so much joy.  Will always remember her.  May God comfort this wonderful family.  Jalen, Justin, John & Edwina Bellamy are praying for you and your family."

This tribute was added by Rosetta Wolf on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was the sweetest little girl in the world. . she had the biggest heart, always smiling, she would make anyone feel good after spending 5 minutes with her. My Heart goes out to Dr Barbaro and Heather, you have so many friends and family to help you threw this tragedy. praying every day for all of you RIP Emmi. the sweetest Angel in Heaven"

This tribute was added by Kellie Jarram on 31st December 2012

"I never had the privilege of meeting Emmi, but I've heard so much about you all from my best friend Sarah Pollard. You are an amazing family and Emmi lives on in your courage, strength and undying love x"

This tribute was added by Michelle Sharpe on 31st December 2012

"I wasnt blessed enuff to meet ur beautiful daughter, i.heard of tradegy thru a FRIEND on fb...but I lookd b th bu her photos..what a beautiful amazing lul ANGEL she was..PRAYERS GO OUT TO U AND UR FAMILY,HER FRIENDS...GOD BLESS..AGAIN I AM SO.SORRY..XO MUCHELLE SHARPE.."

This tribute was added by Kristen Bishop on 31st December 2012

"Emmi was a little girl who was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  She inspired my daughter McKenna to run her first 5K and McKenna also often asks me if she is as good a soccer player as Emmi.  I doubt she ever knew how much McKenna looked up to her. Thank you Emmi for your example."

This tribute was added by Emma Brock on 30th December 2012

"Emmi is my best friend because she is giving,nice,and always smiled! I remember one time she came to my house and that night we made bracelets together,then we woke up, went down the street with my neighbor, and sold bracelets! When Emmi's mom came to pick her up she didn't want to leave. She will stay with me forever and will always be in my heart and when I run she will be beside me! RIP"

This tribute was added by Lois Barber on 30th December 2012

"Emmi was one of the sweetest children I've ever had the pleasure of teaching. I'll never forget that beautiful smile! I consider it a blessing and an honor to have been a small part of her life. Love you Emmi! Heather, Rich and Julian you will all be constanly in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Heather Barbaro on 30th December 2012

"Please share your favorite stories and photos of Emmi"


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