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This memorial website was created in the memory of AMANDA ROSE SCHERMERHORN ("POOH BEAR") who was born in Newark, NY on April 20, 1989 to Richard E. Schermerhorn and Tammy L. (Klaver) Dewey. Amanda was tragically killed in a car accident on April 24, 2004 at the age of 15. Also in the accident, Amanda's best friends, Chanda Lee Dreier and Kimber Lee Dreier lost their lives. We will remember all three of these precious angels, along with hugs, smiles and laughter that were like no other...

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, APRIL 26, 2004:
"Suddenly taken away from many loved ones, April 24th, 2004. Amanda Rose was the daughter of Richard E. Schermerhorn(Heaven L. Kent) and Tammy L. (KLAVER)& William Dewey; sister, Katherine Deisering and brother, Brandon Dewey;  maternal grandparents, Floyd (Sue) Klaver, Jacqueline (Charles) Morris and Jeanne Dewey; Paternal grandparents Mary Schermerhorn, Euigene (Marie) Schermerhorn; Great Grandmothers, Margaret Robinson and Leona Lallier; Several aunts uncles, cousins , friends and loved ones. Predeceased by grandpa. Francis Lallier Sr. and great grandparents, Elva Klaver, Frederick Robinson and Richard and Ellen Salsbury. Amanda Rose will Deeply be missed by all whose lives she has touched and loved so very much. We will always remember her warm and glowing love for all. " 

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Tributes and Condolences
Miss You Pooh Bear...   / Heaven Zeh (Mother Figure )
Alicia and I finished your flower garden. We know you love it!! The yellow rose bush is perfect, isn't it?? We all miss you incredibly. Your birthday is coming up soon. Alicia and Austyn say hello and they miss you dearly. I love you girl!!! xoxoxoxo...  Continue >>
Hey girly.   / Jesse Warren (friend)
Hey you! Still thinking about you from time to time. I do miss you guys alot. I remember our hugs every night before you went to bed and all of the times you would listen to me play my guitar for you guys. I went and visited your daddy and your stone...  Continue >>
missing you   / April Wakley (so many ways )
Today i went to your site and just started to cry. I want to let you know that your here in my heart and there is not one day i stop thinking of you. Kyle, Trey and Jade all say hello and they miss you too. Kyle says how much he misses you laugh so m...  Continue >>
I never knew how to help   / Michele D. (a friend )
I always felt an awful pain in my heart when there is a loss of a child but I never knew what to do or what to say.  I guess I was afraid to do anything as so not to do the wrong thing. Amanda because of you, your Dad has been able to help many ...  Continue >>
MISSING YOU EVERY DAY   / RICHARD SCHERMERHORN (FATHER)
Amand i miss you evey day. WE WILL BE TOGETHER SOMEDAY.ALL IS WELL AND I AM DOING GOOD.  Thank you everyone that has left a message to her.
from one parent to another  / Melissa (visitor)     Read >>
OUR SONG TO AMANDA...  / DADDY AND HEAVEN (HER FATHER AND "MOTHER FIGURE" )    Read >>
"IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY"  / HEAVEN KENT ("MOTHER FIGURE" )    Read >>
LYRICS TO ONE OF HER FAVORITE SONGS...  / FROM DADDY (HER FATHER AND BEST FRIEND ALWAYS)    Read >>
OUR SINCERE THANKS AND APPRECIATION / RICHARD AND HEAVEN (AMANDA'S FATHER AND MOTHER FIGURE)    Read >>
"GOD MUST'VE SPENT A LITTLE MORE TIME ON YOU" BY NSYNC  / HEAVEN KENT ("MOTHER FIGURE")    Read >>
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Her legacy
AMANDA'S STAR IN THE SKY...  
I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO GET YOU YOUR OWN STAR IN THE SKY, BABY GIRL!!! IT IS NAMED AFTER YOU AND IT WILL FOREVER SHINE, AS YOU WILL!!

FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO LOOK THIS STAR UP, PLEASE GO TO WWW.YOURSTAR.COM.
THE STAR ID IS USC 93690-78
STAR LOCATION: RA 3H41M24.06S
DEC + 4D00M50S
MAG 13.54
CONSTELLATION: TAURUS
"AMANDA ROSE SCHERMERHORN" BY TANYA LEE BEAMAN, AMANDA'S COUSIN  

YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LOVED,
YOU STILL ARE EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE UP ABOVE.
YOU WILL BE MISSED FOREVER AND EVER.
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE IN A PLACE THAT IS BETTER.
YOU ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.
I KNOW YOU STILL DO BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE.
YOU DID NOT CARE WHAT PEOPLE LOOKED LIKE.
YOU ACCEPTED THEM AT FIRST SITE.
YOU ALWAYS LOOKED ON THE INSIDE.
YOU COULD FIND OUT WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO HIDE.
I COULD COME TO YOU WITH ANY KIND OF PROBLEM.
SOMEHOW YOU WOULD CHEER ME UP AND HELP ME SOLVE THEM.
EVEN IF I WAS TRYING TO HIDE IT FROM YOU,
YOU COULD ALWAYS TELL INSIDE I WAS BLUE.
YOU COULD ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE.
IT DID NOT MATTER WHAT THE CASE.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND MISSED.
RIGHT NOW I WISH I COULD GIVE YOU A BIG HUG AND KISS.
YOU'RE STILL WATCHING OVER ME.
IT'S SOMETHING I CAN FEEL, BUT THAT I CAN'T SEE.
I KNOW YOU HAVE NOT CHANGED, YOU'RE STILL YOU.
I KNOW YOU CAN TELL THAT I AM BLUE.
YOU KNOW WHAT IS WRONG.
IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE GONE.
SOMEHOW SOME WAY I KNOW YOU'RE HERE.
IF IT WAS IN PERSON YOU WOULD WIPE MY TEARS.
BUT THIS TIME I AM GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU.
I KNOW YOU WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE ME BLUE.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ME TO BE STRONG.
BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A PLACE THAT YOU BELONG.

R.I.P ~AMANDA ROSE SCHERMERHORN~YOU WILL BE MISSED FOREVER AND ALWAYS

*****AMANDA ROSE SCHERMERHORN SCHOLARSHIP FUND*****  

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NEWSPAPER STORY  

(April 27, 2004) - MARION - The last thing Sherry Dreier remembers before the crash is her daughter’s scream as the car skidded through a stop sign into the paths of an oncoming pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle.

”That keeps going over and over in my mind,” said Dreier, 28, whose two daughters, Chanda, 14, and Kimber, 11, and their friend Amanda Schermerhorn, 15, were killed in the crash Saturday at a rural intersection in the Wayne County town of Arcadia.

”Chanda was in the front seat beside me. I just remember her saying ‘Mom! Stop sign!’ And I tried to stop, but before I could we were right there in the middle of the road and it was already way too late.

”My two beautiful daughters, and precious little Amanda - who was just like my own child - are gone,” she said, her voice quavering and chin trembling. “And it was an accident, but I keep coming back to, ‘Well, I’m the one to blame.’”

Her husband, Tim Dreier, arrived at the scene just in time to see his 11-year-old pronounced dead and hear his 14-year-old speak her final words. He said he and family members are focused now on supporting his wife.

”I’m sticking behind her, even though at times I feel maybe I shouldn’t, because she made such a bad mistake - a really bad mistake,” he said. “It’s hard, and it gets harder every day, because I miss my kids.

”Kids shouldn’t die at that young age. I love my wife, but I miss my kids so much. They were just gorgeous, gorgeous girls. It gets harder every day. I guess this is going to be the hardest week of my life.”

According to Wayne County sheriff’s deputies, Sherry Dreier of 5069 Steurrys Road, Marion, told investigators she was driving about 70 mph in the 55-mph speed zone when her car skidded into the intersection of Decker and Minstead roads and collided with a truck driven by Wayne Schultz, 54, of Marion. Schultz and a passenger in his vehicle, Robert Kuhn, 28, remained Monday in area hospitals, where they were being treated for serious injuries.

Dreier’s car also collided with a vehicle driven by Rustin Havert, 43, of Newark, who escaped without serious injuries.

Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy said Monday that reconstruction of the accident scene is under way and that he would likely present police findings to a grand jury, possibly in June, to determine whether any charges should be filed.

Healy said there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

In her living room on Monday, Sherry Dreier leafed through photographs of her oldest children and showed off clay pots and hand-crafted items they had made in school and church.

She spoke of their love for their little sister, Angelle, 6, and brother, Jesse, 8, and for the seven dogs, three horses and assorted turtles, cats and birds that also enjoy the run of the family’s rural homestead.

”If I could’ve been the only person killed and those kids could have lived, it would have been better for me and better for everybody,” she said. “People are saying on television that I got out with ‘just a minor bruising.’ And I did, except for a broken heart that is always going to be broken. They’ve got me on a lot of medication now. There’s a lot of pain going through me, inside and out.”

Sherry and Tim Dreier say they’re trying not to think about possible criminal charges that she might face in connection with the accident.

Police said Sherry told them at the crash scene that she was unfamiliar with the road, and that she was traveling about 70 mph when she crested a hilltop and found herself unable to stop the car. She was also unfamiliar with the family’s new car and said she had only driven it five times.

”She’ll have to face whatever charges might get filed,” said Tim Dreier, who took his wife’s name when the couple married. “But we’d only had the car two weeks, and she wasn’t used to driving a car with an engine that powerful. And she didn’t know the road and how that stop sign comes up after that hill. She said she was speeding up to get over the hill.”

Sherry’s father, Ken Dreier, said he and other family members are concerned about the emotional impact on his daughter of serious legal charges in addition to the grief of losing two of her own children and the realization that her actions caused the death of a third child.

”I really don’t like some of the news reports that have tried to paint my daughter as a criminal,” he said. “My wife and I adopted Sherry when she was 12, after she had been in a series of foster homes. She’s had some problems, and now we’re concerned about the effect this tragedy is going to have. We’re all trying to console her. She’s very devastated emotionally.”

”It’s a horrible thing that happened, but it was an accident,” said her mother, Deborah Dreier, “and there’s no reason for people to be pointing fingers and making her feel like a criminal.

”She was taking the girls to the store to get lunch, but some of the news reports make it sound like she was out just joyriding at 100 mph. She doesn’t even really know how fast she was going. No one does.”

Amanda Schermerhorn’s family members, though struggling with their own grief over the death of the 15-year-old, said Sherry Dreier already has been punished for any mistake she may have made while driving the car.

”Our hearts and our prayers are with her and her family,” said Amanda’s stepmother, Heaven Kent. “Amanda’s father and everyone who knew and loved the girls is just devastated. Those were three great kids, and they were very, very close. All we know is that our beautiful little girl is gone. We’re all hurting, but there is no anger or hostility or anything like that.”

Sherry Dreier said she called Amanda’s family in an effort to express her sorrow and remorse over the crash.

”Those girls, all three of them, were so much a part of all our lives,” Sherry said. “I just can’t believe this has happened.

”Here,” she said, holding up a bright pebble. “This a stone that Amanda found the other day and gave to me. I’ll keep it forever.

”Oh, all of the ‘what-ifs’ that keep going on in my mind. If I could only go back and make it not happen. Those girls were my whole life. I don’t know how I’m going to go on living without them.”

 
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