Kaitlyn Lori Kochheiser

April 02, 2001 ‒ January 13, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Kaitlyn Kochheiser found a little bit of heaven everywhere. She found it in the joy she felt and the love she shared, in the grace she showed a world that needed hope, in giving of herself in service, and in challenging others to be Christ-like, and she found it in the bells and twinkling lights of Christmastime. Kaitlyn found a little bit of heaven everywhere.

Kaitlyn’s view of heaven opened Monday evening January 13, 2020, as the Lord called her to Himself from her home, with her parents at her side, following a 14-month battle with melanoma. In the midst of tremendous suffering, Kaitlyn and her family experienced the grace of God in many ways, through many different people. She was 18.

Born April 2, 2001 in Flowood, Mississippi, Kaitlyn was a Senior at Mansfield Christian High School, who had aspirations of studying interior design, ceramic and clay pottery design, or dog grooming. A National Honor Society scholar, Kaitlyn sang in the MCS choir several years before switching to ceramics. She found a niche in throwing pottery. O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8) As Kaitlyn shaped beauty from lumps of clay, she allowed her heart to be molded by the Master Potter. The resulting vessel was a caring young lady with a sweet and sensitive spirit – quick to apologize – who loved Jesus, who loved others, and demonstrated that love with acts of kindness.

She was active with American Heritage Girls from third grade at Berean Baptist Church, and was active in small group ministries, Surge Student Ministries, and served in the children’s program in the toddler’s Sunday school at Berean for several years.

  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 was more than her favorite scripture verse – it was her mantra for living. Kaitlyn knew the Lord was always with her – she would not be shaken. Her singular mission in life was to glorify God: she simply wanted people to know Jesus.

Kaitlyn loved all animals, but her black mini Schnauzer Anna, and Tea Cup Bichon Frise Olaf garnered most of the attention. She also enjoyed long walks and bike rides with family, flower gardening, mowing, and landscaping projects around her home.

She will be remembered as a thoughtful young woman with beautiful blue eyes, and an electric smile who lived her faith.

She is survived by her parents Steve and Kathy (Clever) Kochheiser; her brother Joshua  Kochheiser; paternal grandparents Richard “Dick” and Marilyn Kochheiser of Bellville, maternal grandparents Loreice “Peachie” Rinehardt of Mansfield and Dale Clever of Galion; her boyfriend Kasi Facio of Mansfield; aunts and uncles Denny (Kathy) Kochheiser of Claremore, Oklahoma, Dave (Jill) Kochheiser of Chesterfield, Virginia, Kim (Dan) Harmon of Frisco, Texas, Maria “Aunt Mimi” (Terry) McKinney of South Lyon, Michigan, and Steve (Rona) Clever of Galion; great aunts and great uncles with whom she was especially close to Alberta (Alan) Little and Larry (Bev) Russell; along with numerous cousins, teachers, and friends.

Kaitlyn’s family will receive friends Monday, January 20, 2020 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. A worship service, honoring the life of Kaitlyn Kochheiser, giving glory to God, and revealing a little bit of heaven will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Berean with Pastor Mike Wells officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Kaitlyn’s memory to defray final expenses may be made at the calling hours, worship service, or mailed to the funeral home: Please make checks payable: Snyder Funeral Home, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kochheiser family. Share with them a precious “Kaitlyn Moment” or some words of support – and watch her tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • This is the most beautifully expressed tribute! As I read it tears flowed, knowing this perfectly describes the beauty of Kaitlyn. We are praying continuously for Steve, Kathy & Joshua and all of those who grieve the loss of this beautiful child of God.
    The Byrom Family

  • What a beautiful tribute. Kaitlyn was such a sweet, lovely young girl. I loved getting to know her at Surge Student Ministries. Many prayers for the family.

  • She was such a sweet young lady! I was always blessed by her perseverance and positive attitude in all things! Praying for all of you! Jen and the Hooper family

  • It was an honor to have Kaitlyn serve in the nursery with Berean kids. She loved the kids and they loved her. What a blessing she was. Your family is in our prayers. Kelly Canfield

  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Kaitlyn was a special young lady who will be missed by many. We especially appreciated her loving acceptance of our special needs granddaughter.May your memories of her always keep her close in your hearts and may the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • While we never had the privilege of knowing Kaitlyn, we do know Dave and Jill. We have been praying for your dear daughter ever since Dave shared that she was ill. Depending on God to provide the comfort only He can give at a time like this.
    Jerry and Vicki Bohall

  • What a well-written tribute to such an amazing young woman. We are so sorry for your pain Steve, Kathy, and Josh and are praying for you continually. We hold strong to the promise that you will be reunited together for eternity.
    God Bless,
    Matt and Paige Them
    Seth, Erin, Meagan, Adam, and Lauren Them

  • Never got to see Kaitlin very much but think she was a very nice person. Your entire family is in my prayers along with Doyle who I just lost.

  • Dear Daughter of the most high God though I never met you here in Ohio I’ll see you skipping on golden streets n praising our God with Holy Hands. On the day when I’m in our Fathers house I’ll see you shine for people here “Nothing is impossible for our God to do . I’ve only seen faith like hers in a few ohions she’s a fine example of what we should be in Christ. Hold on don’t give up .Jesus. Send your comforter to those who need comfort in these earthly sad times.oh for the day when we will gather before his throne no more tears no sickness no grief no fear Great is our Godgreatly to be praised Shalom

  • Condolences to the entire family on the loss of your sweet Kaitlyn. May God be with you and grant you peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As you remember the love, as you mourn the loss, may you also celebrate the life.

  • Sorry for your loss. Didn’t know her but she went to school with my granddaughter Izzy Jones. May God give you peace.

  • What a truly beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful young woman. I will be forever grateful for the times I got to work with Kaitlyn in AHG. She was a precious example of a servant of the Lord. Loved her beautiful smile and heart. Hugs and prayers Kathy, Steve and Josh.

  • We are so very sorry to hear about your sweet daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Scott and Tammy Ransdell

  • To the Kochheiser Family, You have our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your daughter. Prayers for comfort and God’s strength for your whole family.

  • Kaitlyn touch our family life’s in so many ways. She will missed beyond any words that can’t express our love for Kaitlyn. She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.

  • I did not know your beautiful daughter but this has touched my heart. In a world where there seems to be no hope, yet through people like Kaitlyn we are reminded that Our Heavenly Father hope, love, joy and victory!
    Through Christ He has touched many lives through her and it is my hope that you can find comfort in knowing this also.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know her but she sounds like she was a wonderful young lady, gone too soon.My thoughts and prayers for all the family my heart goes out to all of you.

  • Steve, Kathy, and Josh
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Our family will be in prayer for God’s love and comfort to be with you all.

    Jenn and Tucker Bacquet

  • I had the privilege of meeting sweet Kaitlyn only a handful of times, while subbing over the past few years at MCS. I remember her gentle, kind spirit. I wish I had the opportunity to know her better. My daughters have been praying for her in chapel and at home. Your family is in our prayers. The Frys – Amber, Jason, Lydia and Lucy

  • The tribute to Kaitlyn was so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. Even though I didn’t know Kaitlyn, she sounded like a
    wonderful and beautiful young lady and a good example of a servant of our Lord.
    Steve,Kathy,and Josh you have something to look forward to in gathering around Gid’s throne. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You have my sincere condolences and may God comfort and strengthen your whole family and give you peace.

  • Thoughts and Prayers of comfort for Steve, Kathy and Joshua. May God wrap his loving comforting arms around this family.
    Friends from Ada School.

  • To The Family, Friends, Church Family, of
    Kaitlyn, First I pray God will comfort each of you and ease the hurt you feel. Rejoice she has seen paradise she is with our savior Amen ! She was an amazing young woman, I thought a great way to honor her would be that everyone share the gospel with someone, get the courage to really share the good news of Jesus Christ, plant a seed, John 3:17 God Bless all that knew her, loved her and miss her.

  • Steve, Kathy, & Josh,
    Our thoughts and prayers that you are finding the strength to move forward in this very difficult time.
    Kaitlyn was certainly a sweet and caring daughter, sister, and neighbor and will be missed by all who knew her.
    Steve & Jane