Heather D. Hrynkow
July 11, 1974 ‒ December 07, 2019
Heather D. (Dicke) Hrynkow 45, of Sunbury, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, early Saturday morning, December 7, 2019 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, having shared goodbyes with her loving family at home first after a hard fought battle over the past year and a half with secondary cancer.
She was born July 11, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, the only daughter of Doug & Susan (Stevens) Dicke. Heather’s parents instilled a faith in Christ into her life at an early age through life at home and at Delaware Bible Church. She attended and later graduated from Delaware Christian School in 1992. Heather took a year off to travel with a worship team before attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. There she met the love of her life, Andy Hrynkow on her “brother floor” during their junior year, and were engaged in Nov of their senior year. She graduated from Moody with a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education. Heather and Andy married June 1, 1996 and began their wonderful life together as husband and wife.
During their fourth year of marriage, they built their home next to Heather’s parents with the help of family, friends and colleagues from Andy’s work. She taught 3rd & 4th grade at Worthington Christian for those 4 years before having their first child, Caleb. Heather then focused her energy & abilities on her home and homeschooled their 6 children up until spring ‘19 before enrolling them at DCS as her health battle escalated.
Left to cherish her memory are parents Doug & Sue Dicke; loving husband of 23 years Andy; children Caleb (18), Ethan (16), Luke (14), Benjamin (12), Abigail (8), and Samuel (almost 6) Hrynkow; brothers Darren (Holly), Daryl (Holly), Dana (Heather), and Donald (Rachel) Dicke; mother in-law Marsha Hrynkow; brother in-law Matt (Laura) Hrynkow; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
Heather was a member of Delaware Bible Church 29 years. She helped with the meals ministry for several years, taking it over from her mother. She was also involved in leading the children’s 4-H club and turned every life experience into a teaching moment or field trip with the kids. Her greatest joy in life was her extended family (all have remained local) and her own family. She was what some would call and overachiever, always taking the kids to all of their activities, turning every road trip or vacation into a field trip. When the Hrynkow’s went on vacation, Heather was usually the one that planned it out to the ‘T’ and laid out for everyone the itinerary before leaving for that day’s activities. She enjoyed their trips to Duck, NC, Hilton Head, SC, Washington DC several times, Williamsburg, VA, Seaside, FL, Branson, MO, as well as Colorado and Nebraska (Andy’s previous home states). The most epic trip was out west in 2017 with both sets of grandparents, where they visited 12 National Parks in 5 states in 2 weeks during the Centennial year of the parks. Those will be cherished memories (and scrapbooks!) the whole family will cherish for their lifetimes.
Heather’s family will always remember her as joyful, thoughtful, loving, selfless, kind, hard working, disciplined, and patient. She was a faithful wife, a passionate mother and teacher, their “favorite” daughter, and a loving and caring sister. She always had a yearning for reading, learning, growing in her relationship with the Lord, and that spilled over into every relationship that she nurtured.
Family and friends may join the Hrynkow family at Delaware Bible Church, 45 Belle Ave, Delaware, Ohio 43015, Friday, December 13, from 2-5pm & 6-8pm. Funeral Services with Pastors Scott Tiede & Marvin Hintz will take place 10:30am Saturday, December 14. A reception will be provided for guests following the service in the adjacent Delaware Christian School gym for lunch and select testimonies.
A private family burial will take place at Green Mound Cemetery in Kilbourne, near their home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Delaware Christian School, C/O “Hrynkow Scholarship” to support the 5 younger children’s education as they continue through the coming years (sorry, but this is not tax deductible when donated for specific use). A “GoFundMe” account is also still linked to Caleb from past medical expenses that will now be used for his future education since he will graduate from DCS this spring. https://www.gofundme.com/f/heather-amp-caleb-cancer-warriors
Please consider taking a few moments to write a brief paragraph recalling a special memory with Heather or some way you were blessed by knowing her, to compile into a small book to share with the family as they heal from their loss.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the Hyrnkow family during this time.