Heather D. Hrynkow

July 11, 1974 ‒ December 07, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

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.

  • I am so sad to hear of Heather’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman and mother. I have so many great memories of her and the kids at the library. When I saw her this summer we spoke briefly of battling cancer, but her faith and spirit were strong and she reminded me she would be okay, no matter what happened. May God bless you all and comfort you in the days ahead.

  • I have so many wonderful memories of Heather, I can’t come up with just one. That really tells the story, doesn’t it? Every contact with her was a treasured moment! From the time she was my student in Sunday School and youth group, to knowing her as a wonderful wife and mother she was a blessing and an inspiration! A sweet, gentle soul, with the tenacity of a fighter!
    My love and prayers go out to Andy, the children, Doug and Sue, and the entire family. – Linda Bright –

  • Heather was truly the type of person who could light up a room. She was a friend to everyone and a good friend at that. My heart is broken for her family. I’m praying for you all.

  • Our prayers go up to our Heavenly Father for the Hrynkow family and the Dicke family. We thank the Lord for the memories we will have of Heather, and are very grateful to the Lord that He used her as an instrument of blessing to others. The Taylor family loves Andy and the kids; Doug, Sue and the boys.

  • Heather was my youngest sister’s classmate at Delaware Christian. I remember her as always smiling, always friendly and just full of joy. My deepest condolences to her family and close friends. I hope they find some peace in knowing that she is dancing and smiling in Heaven with Jesus, pain-free.

  • Andy, Doug, and Sue. I don’t know the words to say to comfort you. I am sad and sorrowful for Heather’s family. Your loss is so monumental. I love you! May you find comfort knowing you will one day be with her again. “What a day of rejoicing that will be.”

  • Through her battle with cancer she and the family gave a powerful testimony to us all.
    We are saddened for her family but rejoice with her that she is now in the Lord’s loving embrace.
    We continue to pray for all of you❣️

  • Dear Hrynkow and Dickie families
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss of Heather. She fought a courageous battle and for that and so much more, we know you are proud of her. Please take comfort knowing she is at peace with our savior Jesus Christ.
    With our love,
    Johnny and Karen Morgison

  • Doug Sue and family,
    We are saddened by your loss. But inspired buy your valiant efforts to fight the good fight. We have felt the spirit with you as you put your trust and hope in the Lord and accepted his will. Knowing that He has a plan for each one of us and part of that plan includes trails and joy here on earth. We know that Through the Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection we will all see her again and rejoice.

    Love Ron and Camille Frasure

  • My heart hurts for Andy, the kids, and Sue and Doug. Heather was the flower girl in Denny and I’s wedding. To this day, I can still envision the painting her grandfather did of her in that realm. She, like me, was the oldest child and the only girl with brothers to follow. I can’t imagine losing a mother, daughter, wife, aunt and just a great woman like Heather. Condolences to all.

  • Doug, Sue, Andy and family,
    We love you and your family and are so sadden by Heather’s passing but we know she is no longer in pain and will be with you again. When I saw her in the hospital with Doug a few weeks ago I was amazed with her spirit, her great attitude and beautiful smile. She was an amazing lady!
    Love,
    Jim & Lucy McCune

  • Heather is forever dear to my heart! She carried her firstborn son when I carried our last child and even though we were 16-1/2 years apart I looked up to her with deep admiration and awe. She later taught both our sons in 2s & 3s at DBC and was a wonderful teacher!
    I do not understand why such an amazing woman is no longer here with her precious family but am forever grateful to our God that all of us Believers will be reunited one day in Glory. What a Day of Rejoicing that will be!!! ❤️
    Continual prayers going up to The Throne of our God on behalf of Andy, the children, her parents, and her brothers & family members. We love you.

  • Heather was one of the most grace-filled people I’ve ever known. She genuinely cared about others, rejoicing when they rejoiced, weeping when they wept, and being interested in the things that interested them. So many times in the past 30+ years she said something encouraging to me. I will always remember the unique way she reflected her Creator and Savior. My deep love to Sue, Doug, Andy, and the whole family.

  • Andy, Keith and I were extremely saddened when we heard the news. I only met Heather once but knew then what a sweet person she was. May you and your family find some comfort from the love of family and friends. God bless.

  • I never knew Heather but was reading this obituary because I know Dana and his wife, Heather. I just want to say how sorry I am for all who knew her but am blessed to read what a legacy this beautiful soul left behind. You all must be so proud! It is always a bittersweet parting knowing the gap she leaves and yet the joy of knowing she is free from her pain and is in her heavenly home with Jesus. Prayers for all of you.

  • I was blessed to get to know Heather when she taught at Worthington Christian, and also to know her parents as I was the English teacher to three of her brothers. Heather was a fantastic teacher who blessed the lives of the children in her classroom. I loved spending time with her at meetings, where she showed a joyful spirit and a sweet and sensitive heart. I am praying for her family during this time, but also rejoicing that she is totally healed and will spend Christmas with our Savior. Hers is the victory.

  • Heather was my roommate at Moody Bible Institue for one year and we were in each other’s weddings. I have so many funny and wonderful memories from that year, too many to write them all. Heather had a smile and a laugh that would draw people to her. When you were with her you were included and loved. There wasn’t anyone that she would meet that wouldn’t become her friend.

    I am so very thankful for the time that I had with my sweet friend and I am thankful that I will see her again someday.

  • It is with deepest sympathies and condolences, that I share these memories of Heather. She will be one of my most memorable 4-H parents, because of her enthusiasm, detailed questions, thought-provoking emails and advocacy for her children’s experiences in their food and nutrition projects. Some of the programs’’ best improvements originated from her suggestions and she and I had many conversations about making the experiences teachable, practical and lasting!! I will miss her smile and the light that always emanated from her! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers! Carla Moore, Delaware County 4-H parent and advisor.

  • I had her as a part time teacher in 4th and 5th grade at Worthington Christian. She was an excellent teacher, and one of my favorites! I just know she was an amazing mother because of how she cared for our class. Many, many prayers and thoughts to her family, especially her children. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Mrs. Hrynkow was always like a second mom to all of us, and she genuinely cared for each and every person she encountered. She was such a strong person who knew how to really listen and smiled often! She always made us feel loved, and I’ll always remember how she gave the best bear hugs. We will miss her so much, but we know that she is right beside her Savior who she lived her whole life for.

  • Andy, Doug, Sue, children, and family. You all have my deepest sympathy. I meet Heather with her father at his doctor’s office visit. I was the nurse for that provider. Meeting the family was a blessing but, when Heather asked me to teach her how to take care of her father on the weekend when our office was closed it shocked me. Not to many family members want to do what was involved with this type of caregiving. Heather had raised to the occasion. I gave her my phone number to contact me if she had a problem and she did call. With coaching she corrected the problem with me on the phone. We all became really close after that! We laughed and cried together. I just loved Heather’s bubbly personality, our interactions that God brought together, love of her family, her children, and her “Mama Bear” protection of her father! I will continue to pray for you and your family during this time. Let God continue to be your refuge and strength!

  • I first met heather when I came to dbc few years back and she welcomed me and my family and always said how adorable addy was. i am soooo sorry for your loss and mag God be with each and everyone of you doing this time. she had a wonderful spirit and was always so nice and pleasant to be around. May you rest high heather and be pain free and walk with your heavenly father.. love ya.

  • I first met Heather and her family when we were 10 years old and attending Berean Bible Church. She was very sweet and kind. She and her family were an encouragement to me and my family after my father had a stroke. I was also blessed to get to know Daryl as an adult when he and Holly attended a small group at Northwest Chapel. Wonderful that Heather is rejoicing in heaven but sad for her family who I know is missing her greatly. Praying you feel God’s comfort and peace as you grieve.

  • My daughter had Heather as her 4th grade teacher. This was a difficult year for us as my father was battling cancer. Heather was kind, cheerful, understanding and encouraging to Carolyn and I as we worked through getting studies done when things in life were tough. We had her over for dinner with another teacher and the kids gave back by cooking for their favorite teachers. That has been 18 years ago but Heather’s memory still is strong with how she helped us through a very rough time. We love you and will look forward to eternity! Praying for your wonderful family.

  • I had the privilege of having Heather in my cabin at camp. She was a joy to have. The word that seems to describe her most was she was very sweet. I didn’t really have the opportunity to know her as an adult but it sounds like she continued to be that same sweet girl who loved and served the Lord. May the Lord comfort you as you look forward to seeing her again someday.
    With love,
    Teresa Izor

  • We have known the Hrynkow Family for over 20 years,watching them consistently live out their faith in all they do.Words can’t adequately reconcile the grief of this time for all who knew Heather.We can learn and remember this: Heather was one of the finest examples we know of someone giving their life to the teaching and training of the next generation.There’s really no higher calling than this, and she did it with excellence! Her spirit will live on through all those she taught.Go Rest High “Sister”.

  • Doug, Sue & Andy,
    My heart reaches out to you and your family with the deepest sorrow I can imagine. You are all an example of God’s grace in your life to fight through with God’s help.
    Heather lived a life as an example for her children…full of love and compassion.
    She is loved by so many. I thank God for Heather’s life …a life well lived.

  • Dear Darren, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my feelings to you and to your family and friends.
    Even though we’ve known each others only this last summer, I feel that you’re part of my family, and from reading about your sister from her friends, I am truly touched.
    My friend Darren, I am so honored to have known you and your family and it was through the death of your sister, but I want you and your family to know that You have me as your new brother from another mother.
    Your New Brother
    Samir

    Please read this amazing feelings; Grieving Advice ;

    Dear Darren,

    “Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents.
    I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to “not matter”. I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.

    As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

    In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

    Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.

    Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.”

    Friend & Partner
    Samir

  • To all in the Dicke and Hrynkow families and the multitude of others that Heather has always acknowledged as part of her global family our love and prayers are extended. To the Supermom she became and is to those she continues to inspire we offer our thanks to a special Daughtet of Christ . God bless this incredible life that has been so well lived and will continue to be so. Heather Supermom Hrynkow we know you watching and and loving and embracing us all…Peace and prayers..John JDude Morris and family

  • When I first heard the news of the cancer diagnosis, I was deeply upset and have been praying for Heather’s healing daily since that day. God did not answer that in the way that I, and everyone else, wanted. God doesn’t tell us to understand His ways; He only tells us to trust Him. One of my prayers has been and will continue to be, that God will do astounding things through this event. My prayers will also continue for the family.

    My children called my mother “Gram”. Whenever Heather saw my mom at church or volunteering at DCS, she would always call her Gram. That warmed my mother’s heart and she loved that! That’s just one wonderful memory of Heather’s kindness.

  • Sue, Doug, Andy and the entire Dicke and Hrynkow family I just learned of Heathers passing when Randy picked me up at the airport. It was a shock because I didn’t know she was battling cancer again. Heather was the epitome of a beautiful person and wonderful Christian wife, mother, daughter, sister, etc. ! I never saw Heather without a smile, she ALWAYS hugged me every time she saw me. She was always a sweet and fun person when she came over to the house with the kids. My heart and love goes out to all of you! Gods grace be with you during this difficult time.

  • I did not know Heather personally. I feel like I have gotten to know Heather through her friends and family during this time. I hope that she knows what an incredible legacy of love she left! I pray that her husband and children are encouraged by the love that so many feel for her. That very thin veil that separates Heather from this side will soon be lifted! Thankful for Jesus and that He is with us during these hard times of separation. Blessings on this family! May many come to know Jesus, still, just because of Heather’s life and the love that she poured out.