Olya passed away Monday morning at her home in Lawrence.
She was born September 14, 1994, in Samara, Russia, and was later adopted by R.D Helt and Nikki M. Weigel. She attended elementary school in Beltsville and Poolesville, MD; middle school at Veritas Christian School and West Jr High in Lawrence and later graduated from Free State High School in 2013.
Olya was a competitive swimmer, swimming for the Poolesville Maryland Piranhas and Lawrence Aquahawks. Her hobbies included cooking, knitting and fishing. She found her peace at Clinton Lake where she fished. Olya enjoyed painting and puzzles.
Survivors include her parents, Nikki Weigel and R.D. Helt of Lawrence, KS brother Christopher Helt and fiance Caitlin Ediger, of Topeka KS and sister Paige Helt of Lawrence KS, grandparents Bob and Carol Weigel of Lawrence, Grandmother Mary Helt of Olathe, KS and grandparents Roger and Alice Helt of Arizona.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Olya Helt Memorial fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.