Sandra “Sandi” Heffelfinger

August 24, 1943 ‒ September 16, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Sandra “Sandi” Heffelfinger, age 76, of Bellville passed away Monday morning, September 16, 2019 in her home.

She was born August 24, 1943 in Cleveland to George and Alah (Blake) Lang and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1961.  Sandi was a lifelong follower of Christ and was a long-time member of First Congregational Church in Lexington.

Sandi worked as a carrier for the Mansfield News Journal, but dedicated most of her time and talents to raising her two daughters.

Sandi enjoyed her independence. She was “the paper lady” for the Bellville and Butler communities for over 20 years delivering a motor route averaging 119 miles daily for the Mansfield News Journal.

She connected with her clients, whether it was searching for an elderly customers lost pet in a snow storm, or hand delivering a newspaper, (because she knew the person couldn’t walk to the end of their drive to retrieve it) Sandi went the distance and more.  She was a constant presence at the Bellville pool, where she helped with every swimming and diving meet, and was known for always bringing the best homemade snacks.

Sandi took her love for independence & mixed it with her drive for adventure, attempting things most people wouldn’t dare.  She went parasailing in Mexico, traversed the Grand Canyon with a mule so she could camp and raft on the Colorado river, and went horseback riding with her young grandchildren through the mountains of Cherokee, North Carolina.  Her several trips abroad with her family and friends capitalized on all of these things. Even during her last days here on this earth, when headed out for a drive she would turn and say: “We’re about to have an adventure!” and she certainly did. In fact, as it turned out, #DrivingMissSandi, was to be one of the greatest adventures of her family’s lives.

Sandi’s greatest advice would be to “Live adventurously, seize every moment you can for happiness & love, & above all, forgive everyone even if they don’t forgive you…”

Surviving is her husband Renald Heffelfinger, daughters and sons-in-law Melissa and Michael Hartberger of Mansfield and Christine and Jaimie Dominges of Texas; grandchildren Molly and Katie Gurik, and Mario Levi and Little Sandi Dominges.  Also surviving is her sister Deborah Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Emily Hope Gurikand sister Judy (Lang) Wollstadt.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 12- 2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 2 pm.  Dr. Jim Garrett will speak.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care in memory of Emily Hope Gurik or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Snyder Funeral Homes is serving the family and encourage condolences

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  • Missy & Chrissy,
    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy. I will always remember the fun times at the pool and school activities. Your Mom had a heart of gold.
    Joyce & Dan White

  • Missy and Chrissy, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. She was so kind and would do anything in the world for her girls. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Prayers of comfort for you girls and your father Renold.

  • Missy and Chrissy, My Sincere Sympathy at this sad time to all the family. She was a Awesome lady !!! She is gone from this earth ;but will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew and love her !!! Prayers for you young ladies,Renald,grandchilden, and all the family members !!!

    Love and Hugs
    Marguerite [Peg] Pierce

  • To a great lady knowing she was there to help any one out she was a 2nd mom to me she was there no one else was i willl miss here dearly GOD needed a angle it was SANDI. I will miss you dearly TO A GREAT LADY I WILL MISS REST IN PEACE

  • My deapest sympathy to a very special friend’s family I will never forget all the ornery, mischieves times we had & you telling my kids about them RIP Sandy Pierce Smith

  • Missy and, Chrissy, we are saddened to learn of Sandy’s passing. We shared so many happy times, at the Bellville pool, with the Brownie troop and school events. She always had a smile and kind words to share. We pray that your memories will give you peace and comfort. Love and hugs, Randy and Joyce Dudley

  • Dear Missy and Chrissy,
    I was saddened and surprised to read of your mother’s passing.
    I first knew her as “the paper lady” when my boys had their paper
    route and later when you girls were in kindergarten. I always
    enjoyed talking with her. She was certainly proud of you girls!

    You have my deepest sympathy,
    (Mrs.) Jane Kurdzel

    • You were the best teacher ever. We were so lucky to have you as our first introduction to education. ❤️ Mom loved you as well.

  • so sorry to hear about your lose! I worked with Sandi at the Newa lournal for many years. May GOD see you through this hard time. My prays are with you.