Barbara Franklin Desplenter

Profile Updated: April 12, 2012
Where do you live now? Norwich, ON Canada
Are you married, single,? Married George Desplenter in 1967, a Centennial project.
Do you have children? If so how many. Tell us about them. One son, Christopher George, born April 27, 1972. He married Christine Yeoman, so we have Chris2 (squared). More…On Nov. 25, 1998 my perfect granddaughter, Jessica Marie was born. Jessica's birthday is Nov.25, mine is Nov.27 and my Mother's birthday is Nov.28th.
What do you do for a living? Or are you lucky enough to be retired? Retired
Do you like the idea of our NDHS web site? yes
Yes! Attending Reunion
Do you have any memories of your high school years? Tell us!

I have many memories of my high school years but I don't want my Mother to know! Mrs. Miller gave me 5/10 on a bound buttonhole. When Julie Farrell handed the same sample in, she got 9/10. I got 95% on an exam, same as Suzie Scott but when Mrs. Miller added in my projects, I got 51%,Suzie got 99%,gotta love it! Trip to Ottawa and Larry Baguely stayed in our room. Wig hats, remember Diane? Used to sing badly on purpose for Mrs. Gaul.

Are you looking forward to the reunion?

I worked for Bell Canada for 19 years and then took early retirement. We have had a Kettle Corn business for the past 5 years.

Do you still have family around Norwich?

My Mother and Step Father.

How often do you get back to Norwich?

Hardly ever

What do you do now?

Retired but make Kettle Corn at Festivals during the summer.

How did you get into that line of work?

Our friends from Minnesota were doing it and talked us into trying it. It's hard work but we meet a lot of weird people.

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

Win $1,000,000. We wanted to go to the Grand Canyon so did that for our 40th anniversary. I still want to go on an Alaskan cruise.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Don't really have much spare time but I like to knit, taught myself, thanks Mrs. Miller. I don't make any bound button holes anymore, I kind of lost the thrill of making them.

How old do you feel?

Mostly I feel 38 but occasionally 98.

Any grey hair yet? Women don't have to honestly answer this one:)

Lots, I have just stopped colouring it to see if I will like it like that.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

That I was never arrested.

Did you have any nicknames in school?


Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at NDHS?

Study harder.................... NO, I WOULDN'T.
Pay attention ................... NO, I WOULDN'T
Behave ........................... NO, I WOULDN'T

Favorite Drinks?

Bailey's Irish Cream, rye and coke, coffee

Favorite sports?

figure skating but I don't participate

Favorite Food?

Anything but Mexican or Egyptian.

Favorite Movies?

Paul Blart, Mall Cop

Favorite Music?

Roy Orbison............. love him
Susan Boyle............. love her

Famous or interesting people you've met?

Met Roy Orbison and Walter Gretsky, Wayne's father.

Cool things you've done in your life?

Spent almost a whole summer with Jessica, my granddaughter. Went to see Momma Mia in Toronto with my two sisters, Betty and Gloria. We sat in the front row!

Any words of wisdom?

Don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow never comes. Do it now!

Ever gone on a blind date?


Ever helped a stranger?


Did you ever skip school?

Yes, remember Lois? We sat at Goosen's grill all afternoon.................. longest day of my life.

Ever been lost?

Yes, but now I am found. hee, hee.

Swam in the ocean? And where?

Yes, Florida. We go to Florida every winter for 6 months, makes the winters in Ontario bareable.

Cried yourself to sleep?


Ever sang Karaoke?

Yes, and boy, was I ever good!!

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?

Many times, ice cream, box of chocolates, cheesecake,

Made prank phone calls?

Oh, yah, remember Diane?

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?

It was milk, yuck!

Danced your heart out?

Many years ago.

Been kissed under the mistletoe?


Watched the sunrise with someone?

Yes and lots of sunsets

Blown bubbles?

Yes, with my granddaughter.

Been skinny dipping?


Sat outside in the rain?

Yes, camping.

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Happy Birthday Barbara! I hope that you have a wonderful day.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
My sister, Betty, who passed away from cancer on January 2, 2010, my sister, Gloria, and me.
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My brother, Bill, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, me, my Mother and my sister, Betty
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Our Kettle Corn machine. Kettle Corn is a sweet and salty popcorn treat.
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My granddaughter, Jessica, selling Kettle Corn. The name of our business is "It's Kettle Corn by George"