Amanda Sue Newbern

Amanda Sue Newbern, born March 20, 1989, was welcomed to heaven on Friday, November 10th, by her mom, dad, grandparents, and other relatives. She had lived in Wabasha for the past 17 years, before that, in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and her forever hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Amanda is the beloved sister of James (Slinger, WI) and the niece of Steve and Lynn Johnson (Wabasha).
Some may have looked at Amanda with pity for all that she lost 24 years ago, but those who had the privilege to know her were blessed with an exceptional gift. Amanda loved her family and friends with all that she had. Her smile lit up any room and could draw anyone in.
Amanda loved what she loved: music, movies, books, boat rides, dogs, babies, sports, vacations, and time with family and friends.
She will be missed by her brother James, her Uncle Steve, and Aunt Lynn. Cousins who were like siblings: Jennifer (Matthew) Grant and Juston Johnson (Casey Higgins). Cousins who were like nieces and nephews: Mara (Dylan) Ulesich, Maya, Jacob, and Spencer Grant, and Saoirse Johnson.
Aunt Paula and Uncle Lee Embretson, Uncle Mark Johnson (Becky Tesar), Uncle Dennis Freitag, and Uncle Terry (Jill) Boelter. Cousins: Joshua, Stacey, Eva, Layla, and Zane Embretson, Timothy and Dominic Embretson, Stephanie, Scott, Broderick, and Darian Denner, Danielle and Hugo Herrera, Dayton and Gwenivere Vajgrt, Richard, Brialyn, and Aubrey Skipper, Chad Johnson (Bradley Titus), Ann, TJ, Ethan, Aurick, and Owen Casper, Nicholas, Neena, Ashton, and Ayden Boelter, Alison, Daniel, Audrey, and Elliot Johnson. As well as many other extended family members and friends Amanda considered family.
Amanda was preceded in death by her parents, Kevin and Patricia Newbern, grandparents Dean and Doretta Newbern, and Paul and Betty Johnson. Aunts: Pamela Freitag, Kenlyn Boelter, and Regina Johnson. Cousin: Elisha Embretson
Funeral services were 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Faith Lutheran Church, Wabasha, MN, with Pastor Dave Knox officiating.
Interment was 1 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 2023, at East Side Cemetery, Elkader, IA.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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