Kaitlyn Lori Kochheiser
April 02, 2001 ‒ January 13, 2020
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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