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47, of Parsippany, NJ, changed neighborhoods on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Her family stood sorrowfully, but lovingly by her side at the time of her passing into the arms of Jesus. Diane graduated from Richland High School with the class of 1988. She earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State University. In her senior year (1992), a great challenge came with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Buoyed by a very positive deposition, Diane remained strong and persevered, not in her own strength but in the strength of Christ through whom she could do all things (Philippians 4:13). On March 6, 1993, she married Pete Kempf. They adopted two precious children from Guatemala. In the past three years, Diane's fight with M.S. took a downward spiral including becoming wheelchair bound in the fall of 2015. In November 2016, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Diane was dedicated to investing in endeavors with eternal purpose; "think globally, act locally" was her life motto. Diane and Pete shared the joy of serving on their church's missions committee for the past 16 years. Diane was the devoted wife of Pete; adored mother of Kimberly (age 13) and Timothy (age 10); loving daughter of Martin and Evelyn Brasted of Johnstown, PA; dear sister of Karen and husband Joe Bohn of Durham, NC, June and husband Jay Groff of Gordonville, PA, and Nancy and husband Vince Davis of Parkersburg, WV; and dear aunt to several nieces and nephews. On Friday, January 19, 2018 a memorial service was held at the Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church. Over 200 family and friends gathered to sing Diane's favorite hymns and read passages of Scripture that were meaningful to Pete and Diane. Those planning an expression of sympathy in Diane's name are asked to consider a donation to Joni and Friends ( online at www.joniandfriends.org/donate or by sending a donation to: PO Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376-333)
Published on January 22, 2018
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