Remembering 16-year-old Tess Landherr

Posted at: 03/01/2013 8:24 PM
Updated at: 03/01/2013 10:36 PM
By: John Doetkott

 (ABC 6 News) -- 16-year-old Tess Landherr lost her life when her car crashed with a school bus on Highway 56 near Adams, MN Wednesday.   

Friday, friends and family gathered to remember her.

At a prayer vigil held in her honor, friends remembered Tess as a fun, outgoing girl with a knack for making others laugh.

“She was so out there, just says the random funny things,” said close friend Dylan Henaman. “She'd always have a smile on her face, just cheer everybody up. She's always laughing." 

More than fifty of her closest friends and family gathered at the scene of the accident to remember her Friday afternoon.

“A lot of people knew Tess, she was a really good person” said friend and teammate Monatanna Kinney. “She affected a lot of people's lives."

A local pastor lead the group in prayer, and friends exchanged hugs and stories as they remembered the good times they shared with their friend. 

“Every day when I came to school she'd hit me on the butt and make me laugh so I had a good start to the day,” Kinney said.

And even though classmates said school officials opposed the vigil, friends said it was what Tess would have wanted.

“We're probably going to get in a little trouble for leaving school grounds, but it's worth it. The sun's out,” Henaman said as sunlight peeked through the afternoon clouds. “Tess must be happy about it."

Friends remembered Tess as a dancer, a joker, but more than anything, as a friend. And although gone, friends said she is certainly not forgotten.

“Class isn't going to be the same without her, that's for sure,” Henaman said.

There will be a 3:30 pm rosary and a 6:30 pm wake service on Saturday at Mayer Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Rose Creek with Father Tom Loomis officiating.