OBITUARY

Debbie Elizabeth Palmieri

August 30, 1955February 7, 2019
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Debbie Elizabeth Palmieri, 63 years of age passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 in New Albany. She was born August 30, 1955 in North Carolina and worked at Denzinger Orthodontics for over 25 years. Debbie enjoyed spending time at Rough River, motorcycle riding, listening to music and her beloved dog Layla. She was preceded in death by her mother Wanda Lou McCurdy, sister, Laura and brother, Alan.

She is survived by her loving husband David Barned.

Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, February 11, 2019 at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana.

Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfuneralservice.net

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Debbie Elizabeth Palmieri

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Debra Reynolds

February 12, 2019

I first met Debbie some twenty plus years ago. Through those years, we made memories of a houseboat trip on Dale Hollow Lake, going to concerts for the music we enjoyed, cooking up good food to share, playing euchre, enjoying backyard bonfires and sharing our gooofy, silly love for our dogs 🐶. We were together at celebrations and the times when we were saying good-bye to a friend’s parent. All of these memories were shared with a group of our friends, but one memory of just Debbie and me was a Friday Trolly-hop August 2005. We’d been walking and talking among the “art cars” and shops on West Main in Louisville and I asked her if she would go with me to Syl’s, a jazz and blues bar on 23rd and Broadway. Sensing she was a bit reluctant I told her I’d been to Syl’s several times and it was cool. What I didn’t say was that I was always with a black friend. The place was packed! All eyes were on us as we squeezed through the crowd, got drinks and found a spot in a corner to stand. There was a light hanging above us, giving off more attention than we needed. Deb was in her signature Harley coutour 😉 and I was sporting a similar look. We hadn’t been there very long when a man younger than us approached, somewhat laughing, and told us that we were really standing out by the way we were dressed. And here we thought it was because we were white! We stayed for another drink, the music too good to leave, but Deb was ready to go. Not wanting to end the night she suggested Hugh E. Bir’s bar back in New Albany. Now that was Deb’s place. She knew people, they knew her. Every time I pass that place, I think of her. And I think of that night in 2005 when Deb paved the way for me to return to Syl’s many times with white friends, regardless of how we’re dressed, thank you. You will be missed Deb 🥰

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