Family & friends celebrate the life of Amanda Geissler

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thorp native Amanda Geissler was one of 12 people killed in a Costa Rica plane crash on New Year's Eve. That crash is still under investigation.

A memorial service was held in her honor Sunday afternoon followed by a celebration of her life.

Run a marathon on the Great Wall in China, ride on a Harley, become fluent in two languages - these are just a few of the many milestones Amanda Geissler was able to check off her long bucket list of adventures before her life was cut short.

The 33-year-old died in Costa Rica after her the charter plane she was on crashed.

Sunday, hundreds of loved ones gathered not to remember how she died, but how she lived.

Family members and friends packed the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls to celebrate the life of a young woman who touched so many.

Born in Chippewa Falls and graduating from Thorp High School, Geissler worked for a travel company specializing in outdoor activities.

Those who knew her admired her outgoing spirit.

As a UW-Stout graduate, Geissler was a star athlete and is remembered by her former basketball coach Mark Noll as an adventurous person.

Some of Amanda's former teammates said she went out of her way to connect with each and every team member and is remembered as an amazing captain, friend, and leader.

Donations for the the Amanda Geissler Memorial Fund are being accepted through Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. The family hopes to start a foundation in her honor.

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