Our hearts are devastated! Our sweet girl Mikayla May Hart passed on to glory Sunday morning, May 8th, 2022. Beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin and friend. Loved and cherished by all she met. Survived by her fiance Nick Urnick, her parents, Jonathon Hart and Jessica Ochoa, her younger brother, Allen Hart, and younger sisters, Peyton and Charlie Counter. She also left behind her grandparents, Maryann Ochoa (Honey), Mike and Pam Hart, her great grandparents, Don and Barbara Hart, 21 aunts and uncles, and 25 cousins. Preceded in death by her grandpa, Raul Ochoa and her great grandparents Bob and Bea Moes. Equally devastated are Nick's parents Ken and Diane Urnick, who have been hugely instrumental throughout her journey, along with the rest of the Urnick family.
Mikayla was the sweetest! She was always smiling, and, if you saw it, then you were smiling too. She truly impacted so many people. Mikayla, with her dad and brother, was a member of Grace Church NWI, a mission of First Church (PCA) in Lansing where she grew up and enjoyed playing soccer and volunteering with Love for Lansing, kids worship, nursery, and VBS. She loved kids and often talked about having her own. She loved spending time with her family, friends and her boyfriend. She also enjoyed camping, gymnastics, singing, making Tik Toks and even taught herself to play the ukulele. Mikayla also played soccer, as she grew older, for the River Valley soccer club in DeMotte where she lived with her mom. She attended Kankakee Valley Middle School and High School where she enjoyed great friends, running track, and even pursued an honors diploma.
Mikayla's life took a drastic turn last summer when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and started chemotherapy at the beginning of her senior year. She underwent a bone marrow transplant in November that was unsuccessful. Her treatment drastically changed her appearance, but she wore it with pride, and she shared her journey with everyone. She fought this as hard as she could and set out to get away with as much normal as she could, even till the very end, when we were able to have a private personal graduation ceremony at the hospital in her final moments.
Throughout this journey, Mikayla never feared death. She was confident that there is a purpose in all of this and she knew that even death is a victory as she would be with Jesus and other family members that had gone before her.
Visitation will be Friday, May 13, 2022 at First Church (PCA) 3134 Ridge Rd, Lansing, IL, 60438 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral will be Saturday, May 14, 2022 at First Church (PCA) at 11:00 am with a visitation from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com