In memory of

Amanda Mae Kornec, age 28, of Helena

October 21, 1985 – December 16, 2013

Amanda Mae Kornec, age 28 of Helena, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013. Amanda has left our world to go to the next. She was a sweet caring empathetic young woman who was hurting and left us far too soon. 

Amanda was a good wife, daughter and friend as well as being a great partner. She was born a Montanan here in Helena, parents Richard Ziereis and Debbie (Wardell), on October 21, 1985, survived by them, husband Casey, and sister Amy and nephew Kayden, many other friends and family. She had many family members in Wisconsin where her family originated and grandmother in Florida.

Amanda loved to snowmobile in the Lincoln area with her  husband, camp with friends and family, and sit around the campfire trying to solve the world’s problems. “Girl’s night” was always special, whether it was doing nails, watching a chick flick, having a glass of wine, laughing, talking, going to Toi’s Tai, or all of the above. She was an honest caring woman full of love and respect for everyone. This world was too cold and uncaring for her tastes. She truly will be missed by all that knew her.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21st at Retz Funeral Home chapel, 315 E. 6th Ave, Helena, Montana. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Amanda.


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  1. Sandi Benson says:

    Debbie & family – I’m so sorry to hear this news. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the days ahead bring you peace and understanding. “God Bless”

  2. Amanda was beautiful, both inside and out. I had never seen a couple so much in love as Amanda and Casey, her wonderful husband. Her passing was a shock and a tragedy. My heart goes out to her beloved husband, her sister Amy and all of her family members. I will miss you terribly; we all will. I hope you are in a better place now….rest in peace, Amanda.

  3. Julie Rader says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have been through so much that this just doesn’t seem fair. May you always know there are lots of people who are there for you, whenever you need them.

  4. Terri Sebastian says:

    My friends, Deb & Amy, I can’t imagine the pain of loosing a daughter & sister. May your friends & family bring you comfort during this difficult time. You are in my prayers. Love, Terri

  5. Teresa Enger says:

    Casey and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all.

  6. Mark and Jackie McGurran says:

    Debbie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Mike Shafer & Lenna Faglie says:

    Casey and family,
    No amount of words can help mourn your loss. There is a long road ahead of you all. Pain and misery is a part of losing a loved one. The only way to stop grieving is to grieve. Know that there are many of us here for you any time you need. These things do get easier with time but memory will always remain. Be strong for one another and don’t forget to express love for one another. Events such as these remind us all how meaningful time is with each other. Lets celebrate her life and may she always be remembered for her awesomeness. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Call us any time.

  8. Lori Gittens says:

    Debbie and family–Words just cannot express the sorrow I feel. God Bless you!

  9. Tim & Konnie Wilson says:

    Casey and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Melissa McEwen aka ~Mellygirl~ says:

    Amanda-You had the biggest heart of anyone I knew, you gave and never asked for anything in return. Your beauty was amazing, inside and out. I miss girls nights, shopping, our adventures out of town, and all the laughter we shared even if it was about the silliest thing ever…you were a truly great best friend. Love you and until we can laugh together again, be our precious angel girly. xoxo
    Casey and family-I can’t put into words how I feel, or what words I can say to you. We lost someone beautiful and so precious. I love you all and know that I’m a phone call or little drive away…I will do anything I can to ease the pain, stresses, and hurt. Love you all

  11. JeCe Wise Schuller says:

    Deb and Amy,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Amanda was such an amazing person. She was so kind and caring; intelligent and beautiful, inside and out. I have so many fond memories of our school days together. My heart aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Erinn Donnell says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I will always remember good times with Amanda and Amy growing up. My thoughts & prayers are with your family in this difficult time.

  13. Stevie Cunningham says:

    Amanda- you were a wonderful women with so much love to give to people. Your were so friendly and welcoming. Had a a big heart. I remember girls night with you and Mel having a couple drinks watching bad girls club and talking about live . Going to Lincoln and having a couples weekend rideing 4-wheels and just hangout out. I will truly miss you and my thought are with you Casey during this time if there is anything me or Granville can due please let us know

  14. Rhonda Strainer says:

    Debbie and Family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Amanda’s passing. May all the wonderful memories you hold close in your heart sustain you in the days ahead. You have my deepest sympathy and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  15. Trudy Watkins says:

    Rick, Natalia, Debbie and Roch,
    I am so sad, I will miss Amanda and am thinking of all of you. I pray for strength and peace.
    Trudy Watkins

  16. Terry Dalton says:

    I went into shock when I heard the news. I do have so many memories of Amanda and pictures too. Both her and Amy were like my second kids, they spent a lot of time at our house, and vice versa. I can remember when I first met Amanda. She was so shy, and hid behind her bangs, feeling sometimes awkward, but when she smiled, she lit up a room. I knew she was going to grow up to be a beautiful woman, and she did. I will always remember laughing with her and the girls, talks, Halloween, the sleep overs and the dance classes. This one hit so close to home, it has made me so very sad, and reflective of people that we all hold very dear to our hearts. Hugs to you Amy, Debbie, Rick and (I know I have never met you) Casey, I am sending extra hugs your way. Love, Terry Dalton

  17. Jeff and Janet Wenner says:

    Boone and family, We just received a letter from your mom tonight with the news. We are so saddened to hear of Amanda’s passing as losing a child is the worst thing that could ever happen to a parent. We know you and all of your family loved her very much. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff and Janet

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