A Celebration of Life for Kahlyn Elizabeth Heine, 22, Topeka, will be at 10 am Thursday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Bob Leiste officiating. Burial will follow at Clinton Cemetery, Clinton. Kahlyn died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Topeka.
She was born Nov. 24, 1989, in Lawrence, the daughter of Rodney C. and Lanaea L. Blick Heine. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 2008, where she was involved in orchestra and choir. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washburn University in 2012 with a degree in elementary education, where she was also inducted into Mortar Board.
Kahlyn was a special education teacher at Shawnee Heights Elementary School. She previously had provided in-home special education instruction and care. She was a member of KNEA, Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was active in VBS and youth group, and the Future Alumni Association at Washburn. She had been active in 4-H, earning many awards including the Key, I Dare You, and Spirit awards. She enjoyed time spent with family, friends, and kids.
Survivors include her parents, rural Lawrence, and a sister, Kirstyn, of the home; her grandparents Maurus N. Blick, Topeka, and Otis L. and Reta L. Heine, Lawrence; great aunt and uncle Ruby and Dwayne Peaslee, Perry; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Diedre R. Blick.
Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6-8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kahlyn Heine Memorial Scholarship Fund, or Redeemer Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Rod & Lanaea,
I’m so very sorry to hear of your shocking loss. I remember Kahlyn as such a bright, energetic, happy little girl with a ready smile. Please know I am praying for you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain.
I have hestitated to write thus far, because we all know there are no words for the tragedy that has occurred. Please know that hugs, love and prayers are being sent from half a world away for you.
We love you.
Catherine, Adam and kids.
So very sorry for your loss.
My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you,
I am very sorry for your loss. The world loses a lot without Kahlyn amongst us. My best wishes to her family, who must be the greatest of people for raising such an amazing woman. My prayers are with you.
My thoughts and prayer are with you all. I remember meeting Kahyln for the first time at Walky when I was the “new kid” and how she made me feel welcome, even in second grade. I will always cherish the memories that I have with Kahlyn. I will always miss her!
We are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Lanaea, Rod and Kirstyn,
When I told Brandon about Kahlyn, I shared with him that I believe his Grandmother was there, holding her hands out to Kahlyn, helping her to the white light. I know this and believe this with all of my heart and all of my soul. DeDe was there for Kahlyn, making sure she knew she wasn’t alone – that she was safe and sound and with her Grandmother. I know DeDe didn’t want to be there so early in Kahlyn’s life…but she was there when Kahlyn needed her. My prayers go out to each of you – so many times during the day…I know your family will never be the same. I know our entire family will never be the same.
Light and Love to each of you,
Lanaea and family,
My deepest sympathies for the loss of your daughter Kahlyn. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. As I read about her, it is clear she was a beautiful young woman with phenominal character…which is how I remember you from our high school days Lanaea…I am so sorry that her life on earth has ended, and so grateful for the promise of eternal life. May she be among the angels who walk with you everyday.
Rod and Lanaea
Please know, that as you face this difficult time in your life, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Burke and Susan Wood
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we contemplate your terrible loss. Our prayers will be with your family as you grieve for your beautiful Kahlyn.
Rod and Lanea,
My heart goes out to you and Kirsten. I can still remember that sweet seven year old who talked me into buying socks so she and her little sister could play at Mcdonalds when I babysat for them. Her life was cut short, but she had two of the greatest parents on earth.
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Our hearts and prayers are with your family. Kahlyn has always been such a role model for my girls. She always had a smile and my girls looked up to her as a 4-Her and overall great person. She will be so very missed.
My heartaches for the pain your family feels. I have no magic words to say but know I’m praying for your wonderful family. I remember her as such a sweet young lady when I was the nurse at Wakarusa Valley. I pray for Gods wings to surround and carry you thru this most difficult time!
I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. Kahlyn was an amazing young lady with so much ahead of her. She was always such great help during fair time, and will be oh so very missed. My thoughts and prayers go out…
Dear Rod and Lanaea,
We are so very sorry to hear about Kahlyn. Please know that we are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers and may it be comforting to know that so many people love you and care for you.
God Bless You.
Much Love, Brian and Sheryl Simmons
My deepest sympathy to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and peace in this difficult time.
Rod and Lanaea: I will never forget your support for others before you ever even had children. Your generosity is not forgotten. I am so sorry about Kahlyn. I’m not sure if anything I can say would make you feel better. Thank you both for your friendship during hard times in my life and I will pray for you during this hard time in your lives.
Hello cousin, You are a beautiful and wonderful girl of God. I miss you dearly. I’ll see you in heaven someday. I love you with all I have.
Lanaea & family,
Your friends in Human Resources are heart broken for you. Please know that we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
My heart broke when I heard the news. We also lost our son last December. A parent should never have to bury there child. Please know our thoughts and prayers and will you all. If you ever need to talk to someone please dont hesitate to call. God Bless!
We wish a pinch could wake you and end this nightmare. May you find peace in knowing that your beautiful Kahlyn was deeply loved and will never be forgotten by those whose lives she touched. Praying that you feel God’s loving arms around you.
Deb, Dan and Josh Rukes
Kahlyn had recently been accepted into our Masters Program for Adaptive Special Education and we have been looking forward to working with her. We are so sorry to hear of her passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. A beautiful life cut short…
Lanaea and family … You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply saddened for your loss. I pray for peace and understanding.
Rod and Lanaea
My heart is so heavy with sorrow. I can only imagine the pain you are going through. No parent wishes to bury a child, no matter what age they are.
I will keep you in my thoughts and am there for you.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and Hugs
Rod & Lanaea,
My sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
We are so sorry and our prayers hold heavy in our heart. Kahlyn and the word, ‘kind’ are synonymous. Truly, a loving young lady with an incredible skill in working with kids. Our deepest sympathy.
Gary, Melinda, Carly and Briggs Fish
Lanaea and family…you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply sadened by your loss.
I had the pleasure of knowing Kahlyn through living at the Pines Apartments. She would always speak whenever I saw her so I made a point one day to find out her name. I was able to have an encounter with her & see that wonderful smile the day before she passed away & for that I feel blessed. May her family & all that knew her find comfort in the “Peace” & “Love” of our Heavenly Father during this difficult time.
Sorry for this hardship you have to go through. A beautiful person was taken away too soon. May God bless her and her family and help these wounds heal quickly.
Kahlyn, my little critter, I love you and I’m going to miss you dearly.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Sky & Nancy
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow.
Kahlyn was a sweet kid, who grew into a great young lady. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
I just met Kahlyn at the begining of this school year. She was a very happy person, and seemed to love teaching. I know she will be greatly missed at SHES. My prayers go out to her family, I cant even begin to imagine what you are going thru right now. Please know there are a lot of people praying for you during this tragic time. God Bless.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Kahlyn was such a joy, and made a positive impact on all who knew her. She is going to be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dale, Kathy, Paul, Patrick and Ross Johnson
My Mom, Brother, and I express our condolences in this tragic loss. We keep many beautiful memories of Kahlyn and the times we have gotten to spend with her. She Was truly an AMAZING person and will be greatly missed. Through years of Girl Scouts, Choir, Orchestra, and growing up as Walky Kids, She had always had a smile and a hug for anyone in need. I can only imagine how she is looking down on all of you. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. Kahlyn was an awsome girl.
We are so very sorry for your loss~keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Neal, Jenny & Courtney Purvis.
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