Bassett — Amber Annette Frerichs died Feb. 4, 2017, the victim of a tragic accident.
Funeral Services were held at the Rock County High School Gymnasium, Bassett, with Pastor John Brink and Pastor Dennis Quigley officiating the service.
Casket bearers were Adam Holst, Steven Holst, Rob Foxworthy, Bret Frerichs, Joe Frerichs and Jon Alstrom.
Interment followed at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hoch Funeral Home, Bassett.
Amber was born Oct. 25, 1995, at the Cherry County Hospital, Valentine, to Barry and Amy Frerichs, rural Long Pine. She and her older brother, Brennan, enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures out in the trees, building their fort, watching “Out of the Box,” doing their best at the related craft projects with Amy, and just growing up as each other’s best friends.
She spent the rest of her life as a full time student, beginning with kindergarten at Bassett Grade School in August 2001, continuing through graduation from Rock County High School in May 2014. She then enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and studied athletic training and exercise science.
Sports were one of Amber’s passions, beginning with T-ball at the age of four. She also competed in baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, and track and field, earning All-Niobrara Valley Conference honors in volleyball and track, and qualifying all four years of high school for events at the Norfolk Track and Field Classic and the Nebraska High School State Track Meet. The athletic accomplishments she was most proud of were her third place finish at the Norfolk Classic in the 800-meter run as a senior, and her 3200-meter relay team that placed eighth at the State Meet as a freshman and broke the previous school record. She was always a runner, and had plans to participate in the Lincoln Half-Marathon and a Warrior Dash during the summer of 2017.
Amber was involved in 4-H, learning and loving photography. She was also passionate about FFA, holding chapter offices for three years, her senior year as president. She learned many life lessons and was eternally grateful for all the memories and friends she made in FFA.
She was baptized and brought up in the St. Peter Lutheran Church family. She enjoyed Sunday School and time at Cleveland Church Camp. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was an active participant in the BASIC Youth Group and The Way Youth Group.
Outdoor recreation and water sports were a love of Amber’s. She learned to swim at a very early age and spent many afternoons at the Bassett Pool. As soon as she was old enough, she worked summers there as a lifeguard and manager. Throughout her life, she enjoyed boating, tubing and jet skiing in the summers, and recently skiing, snow-tubing and snowmobiling in the winter. She loved the time spent with her family and friends camping, with many weekends spent at the Calamus and Gavin’s Point, one memorable trip to Yellowstone, and many trips to the Black Hills. She also enjoyed hunting, tagging a white-tail buck when she was twelve. One of her favorite annual “holidays” was deer camp with her extended family at the Rock Creek cabin.
Amber was always a competitor, with a fearless and adventurous spirit. She lived for the experience and the memories, with no regrets. She was always sprinting into the future, pouring her entire being into whatever task was put before her. She was not a loner, preferring to be surrounded by friends and family. It was this personality that caused her to become true friends with nearly everyone she met. Her world of friends grew exponentially after she arrived at UNK and became a part of the Loper family.
A love for children was also one of her traits, which was evident when she taught swimming lessons. It became even more pronounced when she started working at SonShine World day care while a student in Kearney. The “family” she enjoyed there will greatly miss her.
It is true that family was the most important thing in Amber’s life. The picture she kept in her car, where she could always see it, was of her whole Frerichs family at the baptism of her cousin’s first child.
She is survived by her parents Barry and Amy Frerichs, Bassett; brother, Brennan Frerichs and Anna Kiewra, Kearney; grandparents, Gary and Diane Frerichs, Coleridge; Mary and Terry Foxworthy, Bassett; Ken and Grace Brenneman, Plattsmouth; aunts and uncles Bret and Ronda Frerichs, Omaha; Rob and Jodi Foxworthy, Malmo; Amy and Adam Holst, Weston; and Carey Foxworthy and Matt Lile, Gretna; many cousins; and all of her countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for a future scholarship in Amber’s name.