Sarah Tyler, 31 of North Las Vegas, formerly of Bridgman, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph.
Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Lake Michigan Christian Center, 9955 Church Street, Bridgman. Friends may meet with the family from 4 - 7 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Final resting place will be in Graceland Cemetery, Bridgman. Memorial contributions may be made "In memory for Sarah Tyler" for a purpose to be designated by Bryan Tyler and Silvia Hinirchs. Please make checks payable to: "Silvia Hinrichs in memory of Sarah Tyler". Check and cash donations will be collected at the memorial services or can be donated to the "Silvia Hinirchs in memory of Sarah Tyler" account at any United Federal Credit Union Branch. Online condolences accepted at www.PikeFH.com.
Sarah was born, Saturday, September 26, 1987 in Berrien Center, MI the daughter of Benno and Silvia (Katai) Hinrichs. She married Bryan Tyler on August 26, 2016. Sarah worked for a number of school districts in this area. Survivors include her husband: Bryan; sister: Sabrina Hinrichs; mother: Silvia Hinrichs; maternal grandparents: Steve and Karin Katai; Bryan's parents: Michael and Patricia Tyler; Bryan's siblings: Ken (Sarah) Tyler; Scott (Casie) Tyler; and nephew: Raylan Tyler.
Sarah was preceded in death by her father: Benno Hinrichs in 2017.
Sarah had a special energy and magnetism about her. She never knew a stranger for more than a minute. She cherished her friendships and revered them as if they were family. Sarah was a selfless individual who would do anything to help anyone. Sarah believed in love, fairytales, and happily ever afters. As witnessed by the smile in her eyes as she beamed with pride, joy, and affection for her husband, Bryan. Sarah was very deliberate in capturing photos, writing letters and little notes, packing his lunches, and buying love presents for Bryan so that he would always know the full extent of her love.
Sarah's pride in her family, heritage, and upbringing was exceptional. Sarah spoke fluent German and cherished opportunities to speak to her Opa and Oma and others who spoke German as well. She treasured the visits she took to the "old country". She loved to dance the traditional dances and eat authentic German and Hungarian food.
Family always came first for Sarah- whether it was helping with small home improvements, doing her Oma's nails, or fixing some electronic device that wasn't working quite right- Sarah was there. She loved the ordinary moments too- interesting conversations, watching movies, playing video games, coloring, and cozying up together with her family and dogs. Children held a special place in Sarah's heart. Although she was cruelly denied the opportunity to be a mother herself she was Aunt Sarah or "Ya Ya" to many. Sarah had a way of cueing into children's interests- whether it was dinosaurs, horses, tractors, or baby dollies- she could carry on a conversation with them for extended periods of time. She loved sparking children's imagination and would turn the littlest activity into the grandest adventure. Every child she knew would run to her and jump into her arms with delight as she entered the room.
Sarah had a heart for adventure, traveling, and the outdoors. Whether it was riding on the pontoon boat fishing, hiking around Vegas, cruising in the convertible with the top down, flying with Bryan, or jumping on the motorcycle for a ride through a winding road- she was in. Sarah never stopped. She was always on the go and always working on a project. She was intentional in everything she did- always researching and watching video tutorials to get it just right. She made homemade gifts because she always wanted it to be perfect. She was a bargain hunter- she had a coupon or discount code for everything. She knew the ins and outs of every consignment store or Goodwill, and could determine if a rummage was a "good one" just by driving by. She was never unprepared. She had a bag for everything and additional bags in her trunk with anything she might need.
Sarah believed in "happily ever afters". It is now our responsibility to move forward from this tragic loss and continue to see the good in others, enjoy each other's company, and speak of Sarah often- so that we may continue to develop the lives that Sarah would want all of us to lead. The legacy of Sarah's kind spirit, passion for life, selflessness, creativity, and daily commitment to brightening the lives of others will live on in all of us.