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JoanNe Kempler Barlia  
A devoted mother of four, died on February 14,2021. She was 57. Joanne was born on April 13, 1963, in Summit, New Jersey to Donald Kempler and the former Hindy Vogel. She grew up in West Orange, NJ and graduated from Boston University in 1985 before moving to Washington DC. There, she met Brian Barlia, whom she married in 1990. Together they raised four children, Joseph, Adrienne, James and Billy, and were reliable volunteers and regular attendees at school functions, performances and sporting events.Joanne had an adventurous and deeply caring spirit; on family vacations she could be found hiking, biking, sailing, breathing through a yoga pose or even hanging from a trapeze. She was committed to helping those in need and regularly gave back to her community. In recent years she was an ardent advocate and fundraiser for the Ocular Melanoma Foundation. In addition to her husband and four children, survivors include her mother, Hindy; her sister, Debbie Freundlich (Andy Freundlich), and brother, Brett Kempler. Services being held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the
Ocular Melanoma Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.  

OMF’s mission is to accelerate and enhance scientific research, advocacy, and awareness of ocular melanoma and to provide education and support to patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.

For patients and their loved ones, OMF aspires to be the top destination for up-to-date OM-related educational information, a meeting place, and advocacy resource. For doctors and researchers, OMF strives to be the connective tissue, facilitating interdisciplinary cancer research.

 The goal of OMF is to have there exist accessible and effective treatments for ocular melanoma and, one day, a cure.
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Laura G donated on 2/27/2021
In memory of Joanne Barlia
Adam K donated on 2/26/2021
Kathryn S donated on 2/26/2021
In memory of Joanne Barlia — with love from the Schwartz Family
Nancy L donated on 2/26/2021
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Monique G donated on 2/25/2021
Dina and Jay G donated on 2/25/2021
in loving memory of JKB.
Katharina V donated on 2/25/2021
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David B donated on 2/25/2021
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Lori Z donated on 2/25/2021
In memory of Joanne Barlia. Sending my condolences to the entire family and friends. Lori Zuck (friend from 3rd grade on)
Carol D donated on 2/24/2021
To Debbie in Memory of Your Wonderful Sister With Our Deepest Condolences & Love - Carol & Frank D'Alessio
Sam O donated on 2/23/2021
For Joanne Barlia
Karen L donated on 2/23/2021
In loving memory of Joanne Barlia. Your warm smile and loving heart will always be treasured and remembered. .
Stuart/Marlene S donated on 2/23/2021
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Becca F donated on 2/22/2021
Fern & Rob L donated on 2/21/2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you❌⭕️The Laub’s
Margo T donated on 2/21/2021
With much love to Joanne and the Barlia family, the Tank Family
Elizabeth K donated on 2/21/2021
Per Joanne Barlia's wishes, we support OMF in its mission to fight a disease that took her too soon. Our love to the entire Barlia Family.
David O donated on 2/21/2021
Melissa W donated on 2/21/2021
Thomas S donated on 2/21/2021
This donation is in memory of Joanne Barlia of Washington, DC.