Rachel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1954. As a youth, she lived in Basel, Switzerland, and Oxford, England, before the family moved to St. Anthony Park, where her father, Wendell Frerichs, was a longtime professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. She was a graduate of Murray Senior High School, class of 1972.
Her early work experience was at Miller’s Drugstore in St. Anthony Park. She also worked at the Minnesota Highway Department, the Park Bugle, Dayton’s Warehouse, the St. Anthony Park Block Nurse Program, and for 25 years she worked closely with her husband, Jim, in the family business, Larson Decorating.
She has been described as a “homebody.” She liked to sew, quilt, garden and cook. She is especially remembered by her family for combining the family’s Norwegian and Swedish traditions in cooking and in holiday celebrations. Remembrances about her: “Rachel had an amazing group of friends. In her short 61 years she touched more hearts than many do in a longer lifetime.” “She was kindhearted, patient, talented and sweet.”
She was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her husband, Jim, and their children, Ingrid Wiles (Jeremy), St. Paul; Anders (Heidi), Arden Hills; and Siri Iverson (BentAre), Norway. Their grandchildren are Freya, Lasse, Sigurd and August. She is also survived by her mother, Jeanne Frerichs, and siblings, Wendy Bachman, Amery, Wis.; Heidi Frerichs, Hammond, Wis.; Grant Frerichs, Crested Butte, Colo.; and Daniel Frerichs, Hammond, Wis.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, with visitation at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m.