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In memory of Amber Reineck

Created by Family Of Amber Reineck

Amber Reineck

Amber Nicole Reineck age 33, passed away December 24, 2015 in Lexington Park, MD. She was born in Ann Arbor, MI on May 9, 1982 to David and Rebecca (Ratzlaff) Reineck (now Mayo)

Amber attended schools in Clinton and Saline, MI and Glen Ellyn, IL.  She became a licensed massage therapist after high school, and then helped her step father, Gary Mayo, open and launch a Dairy Queen business in Glen Ellyn, IL.  From 2007-2015 she went to work for her brother-in-law’s company, Atsalis Brothers, Warren, MI, in the industrial painting industry and gained the experience and expertise to become a quality control inspector.  She recently was employed with Titan Industrial Services in Baltimore, MD.

Amber was a wild, unique, and beautiful soul.  She had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, the spirit of a fairy, and the presence of an angel.  She personified light and joy to all who crossed paths with her.  She was upbeat, sensitive to others’ feelings, and gave of herself wherever she could bring her positive light to touch someone’s life.  She was a loyal friend and could be counted on by others to be there when they were in their darkest hours with her soft touch and comforting words.  She loved her family immensely and missed them while working out of state.  She had scripted the names of her two daughters and the German word for family in tattoos on her body as a permanent statement as to what was important to her.  More than anything on this earth she loved her two daughters, Justice and California, and found her own light and joy in them.

Amber is survived by her beautiful and precious young daughters, Justice Knickerbocker, age 15, and California Galvan, age 11, her parents, Gary and Becky Mayo of Glen Ellyn IL, and David Reineck of Pinckney, MI, her sister, Courtney Atsalakis  and brother-in-law, George, of Pinckney, MI, her nieces Keegan Laurent and Berlin Atsalakis of Pinckney, MI, her brothers Benjamin Mayo of Chicago, IL, Joel Mayo of Glen Ellyn, IL, Ryan Reineck of Clinton, MI and Kevin Reineck of Clinton, MI, and her maternal grandmother, Marilyn Williams of Clermont, FL, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  She also is survived by those close to her heart, Joyce and Earl Cook of Clinton, MI and Marcy Haggard of Clinton, MI.

+++++ My daughter Amber had gotten out of 5 weeks rehab on 12/23/15.  She called me and all  she could talk about was her plan to leave Maryland the next day in order to get home to her young daughters in Michigan in time for Christmas Day. She NEVER missed Christmas with her daughters. On 12/24/15, Christmas Eve at 9:30 PM, she died of fentanyl intoxication.  The only person that was with her was her controlling addictive "boyfriend"....who has "no idea" what happened.  A very sad Christmas for our whold family and especially for my granddaughters.

Partners for Hope raise critical funds on behalf Partnership to End Addiction – the nation’s leading organization dedicated to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Every dollar raised on behalf of the Partnership* will help ensure free, personalized family support resources, including our national helpline, peer-to-peer parent coaching, customized online tools and community education programs, can reach those who need them most. Please consider donating to this fundraiser and sharing this page.

*Donations made to Partnership to End Addiction are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributions are fully tax-deductible, as no goods or services are provided in consideration in whole, or in part, of any contribution to this nonprofit organization.  EIN: 52-1736502

Guest Book


1. Aliyya
So sorry for your loss, sending good wishes your way.
2. Michelle
I am so sorry to read this. My heart breaks for you and your granddaughters. I am doing a nursing school project on preventing teen prescription drug abuse and it is my hope to work to prevent this from happening to as many families as possible. This is such an important issue. Once again I am so sorry for the unimaginable pain your family is in.
3. Gonzalo
I am very sorry for your loss.
4. Kathy
Becky, I am so sorry for Amber's loss. I would like to request other classmates of Becky & Schleswig grads do their best to donate in Amber's memory to this great cause. But by the grace of God go I & my children. My love goes out to you & prayers for the coming days.
5. Kelly Lizyness
Thank you for sharing. I did not know your family but being a fellow michigander my condolensces to your family. I pray justice prevails and he is prosecuted.
6. Courtney Atsalakis
Amber was a beautiful soul. She never judged anyone and always seen the best in people. She loved her girls with all her heart. Unfortunately she met the devil here on earth. He shared his demons with her and he won. She didn't make it. We miss her terribly and will never get over the loss of her.
7. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm so sorry for your loss. Amber sounds like she was a very special young woman and I'm sure she will be deeply missed.