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Amber Freimark – Post Bulletin

Amber Sue Freimark, 60, of Spring Valley, died November 23, 2022 at Spring Valley Living Memory Care.

Amber was born in Rochester on January 27, 1962 to Erhard and Frances Freimark. She was welcomed to rural Wykoff by her siblings Avery, Allerd and Aleta.

Although she was born with Down Syndrome, Amber’s family — and especially her mother — made sure she had every opportunity to thrive. And she did thrive.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff. She attended and graduated from Lanesboro High School’s special education program. Growing up, Amber took piano lessons every Saturday from Barb Mosher in Spring Valley.

As Amber’s parents got older, they wisely decided to move Amber into her own home in Wykoff, which she shared for several years with a friend who also had a developmental disability. They received daily help from several people, but most notably from longtime caretakers Rosie and Jodi. Amber drove a van to jobs in Preston and Spring Valley for several years until her retirement.

Amber enjoyed participating in Special Olympics bowling and was awarded many trophies in this sport. She was also a longtime, avid wrestling fan of WWE. Her love of the sport earned her the nickname “Hollywood” among her bowling friends.

In recent years, Amber has become the world’s number one fan of WWE wrestler “Big Dog” Roman Reigns, and rarely misses the weekly wrestling “throwdown” on television. Daytime game shows were another passion in her retirement. And she was always surrounded by books, papers, search magazines, coloring books and crayons. She loved colorful clothing, especially when it was Christmas-related, and she was never without her trademark necklaces.

Amber was the culmination of many holiday family meals and would never allow a family picture to be taken without adding “bunny ears” to someone’s picture, even if it was her own. She also loved her annual “Ranger Ride” with her brother-in-law, Ralph. And she never failed to persuade Ralph to give her a large candy bar, which she devoured before eating. And oh my god, did she love cheesecake and her favorite drink, Diet Pepsi?

Another highlight of the family’s Thanksgivings in recent years has been singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Amber took her assigned line from that song: “Four Calling Birds” very seriously and always drew much appreciated laughter from the other less dedicated singers. She loved to tickle her nieces’ children when they were babies, calling them “little balls of butter.”

In 2019, Amber left her longtime home in Wykoff to live at Evergreens Assisted Living in Spring Valley. She later switched to Memory Care due to dementia.

Amber is survived by her sister Aleta Capelle; nieces Autumn (Brad) Hoag and their daughters Kennedy and Cadence, and Amanda (Nils) Wahlander and their children Isla and Anders; as well as several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Erhard and Frances Freimark, her brothers Avery and Allerd Freimark, and her brother-in-law Ralph Capelle.

Funeral services for Amber will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wykoff, with Pastor Michael Harman officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is doing the preparations.

The family would like to thank everyone who has touched and loved this beautiful soul over the years. She was a joy to many. A special thanks for the care and love shown to her at Spring Valley Living, both Evergreens and Memory Care.

Monuments are preferred to the Fillmore County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) in Preston; St. John Lutheran Church in Wykoff; any non-profit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, or at the donor’s choice.

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