Remembering Angela Heinz, a woman who died in a climbing accident in Black Hills

RAPID CITY, SD (KELO) – Friends and family remember Angela Heinz, a 24-year-old from Ipswich who died in a rock climbing accident in the Black Hills near Cheyenne Crossing last weekend .

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Heinz was at the foot of a wall when a rock fell from above and hit her. She was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital where she died Saturday morning.

Angela was adventurous. Her mother, Lorie Heinz, says she always lit up the room.

“Her smile. Her beautiful face. She would take you when a song came on, and she would rock you or herself,” Lorie Heinz said.

Angela lived by the motto “live immediately”.

“By celebrating today and always. By doing something outside of your comfort zone. Something fun. Something crazy. And something for yourself. And that’s exactly what she did,” said Lorie Heinz.

“She was always positive. Anytime you needed to lift your spirits, you could just call her and she would have the right words, and there aren’t even words to describe her. She was amazing,” said Angela’s sister, Brittney Jung.

Angela graduated from SDSU in 2020 and moved to Rapid City to work as a graphic designer. She also loved to travel all over the world.

“She made even the most boring moments fun and photo-worthy,” Angela’s friend Keanu Phumipraphat said.

Phumipraphat was with her on some trips and set up this tribute video.

“She was one of my biggest inspirations and motivators, and one of my best friends when it came to pushing me forward and creating art, so I know she wouldn’t have wanted let it be otherwise. I feel like she was there to ride it with me, honestly,” he said.

During her short life, Angela inspired everyone she knew.

“She could make the smallest moments seem like the biggest just because of the energy she brought to everything she did. I loved that about her,” the boyfriend said. Angela, Adam Johnson.

“She could just walk into the room and completely change your mood. She’d walk through the front door, and she’d scream something crazy, and she’d be good to go. Like she wants to go, ‘like let’s do something!’ said Claudia Rombough, Angela’s friend.

“She’s just the one who comforted you, but pushed you enough to achieve your goals,” Angela’s friend Shelby Hooth said.

“In her 24 years of life, she has done more than many adults will ever do, and she enjoyed every minute of it. And she loved us deeply and we know that,” Lorie Heinz said.

Services for Angela will be held on Sunday and Monday at Holy Cross Church in Ipswich.

Virginia F. Goins