Kristi Hendricks

The outcome was not what we wanted; however, our sweet Rachel fought so hard and with a smile on her face.  I am slowly learning it is ok to be made and upset that this terrible disease took my best friend.  The reason why it hurts is because I love her so much and she […]

Auntie Pam Sorenson

Rachel’s Footprint On My Life Anyone who knew Rach or had the privilege of reading her blog, would be inspired by her selflessness, amazing positivity and immeasurable ability to love.  The word love was repeated over and over in her blog.  Her immense love of life and positive attitude helped sustain her through months (years) […]

Sandy & Bill Davis

Dear Pat and family, I am enclosing a poem.  You have probably seen this poem, but in case you haven’t I am sending it.  The priest read this at my mother’s funeral, and it gave me and our family a lot of comfort and it still does.  My mom passed away when I was 35 […]

Rachel (Viv) Schmitz

Rachel showed me that love is the one emotion we should always wear on our sleeve.

Aunt Vickie & Uncle Mike

Rachel, at the age of 9, agreed to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D at our wedding. She diligently learned and rehearsed the song to perfection. Enthusiastically, she would tell family and friends that she was going to play “Crocodile Dundee” on the piano at her aunt’s wedding!!!! Eventually she learned how to correctly say the […]

Auntie Val

    “My Niece” God made lots of beautiful things, Sunsets and flowers and trees, Birds and stars and loyal friends. And after he made all of these, He gave to the Earth a gift more fair More loving and more true Of all his gifts the one most rare A Niece as precious as you. […]

Uncle Gary

Hi, Dan. I just thought I’d contact you, knowing that you have an especially difficult time ahead of you in the next few days.  I hope the service is all you and Rachel’s family want it to be and that it goes smoothly. As you know, Diane and I thought a great deal of Rachel […]

Uncle Dean

Rachel is everywhere! Where to begin? Rachel is in every one of us, in everything we see, in everything we touch & in our hearts & souls. Perhaps God looked down & thought the world is in a mess. I need someone to cheer up the souls in heaven & go golfing & fishing with […]

Susan Hanish Anderson

Holy Spirit Elementary-May 1993

  I wanted to express my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Rachel. While she and I did not keep in touch after I transferred high schools or later into our adult years, I have some of the most vivid and fond memories of Rachel from my […]

Ryan Ahern

The first time I ever met Rachel was over beer and fried pickles in a random Fargo bar called Geckos! I was nervous to meet Christina’s childhood best friend. Rachel instantly disarmed me with her warmth, her smile, and most of all her laugh. To be honest, I can’t remember what we talked about, but […]