David Krempels’ journey of renovation and recovery
Photographed by Rob Karosis The front room features Mary's favorite favorite painting, Placing the Ladder, which shows a strong woman getting out of trouble.
Life can change in an instant.
In 1992, David Krempels was a successful building contractor. His days were busy with planning, negotiating, and directing projects. He was engaged in sports, his church, and his community, and he was newly married. Life was good. One June day when David and his wife had just embarked on their honeymoon, a tractor trailer barreled into their car. His wife was killed and David was left fighting to overcome a traumatic brain injury. The road to recovery would be long. For two years, he tried to get his old life back, but this was not to be. The “old David” was gone. In time, with the aid of family, friends, and therapists, he realized that a new David could rise from the wreckage.